Travel is expected to be difficult today as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. for most of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
Five to 9 inches of snow are expected, according to the National Weather Service. Areas southeast of Fort Wayne, including Adams and Wells counties in Indiana and Van Wert County, Ohio, are predicted to get the highest totals.
Snow will quickly move from south to north early today, with rapid accumulations before noon. The heaviest snow is expected to end by late afternoon, although some blowing and drifting snow is likely to persist into the evening.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will be at “full call” in most areas, the agency said Tuesday. Nearly 1,000 trucks will treat and plow state highways, and they will remain active for the duration of the storm and afterward to continue cleanup efforts.
While road conditions will vary by location, the transportation department said morning and evening commutes today are expected to be affected.
The department encouraged Hoosiers to avoid unnecessary travel and said those who must travel should expect to encounter slush and snow-covered roads and low visibility, including worsening conditions driving toward central Indiana, where higher accumulation is projected.
Fort Wayne, too, is preparing for the storm. The Street Department’s fleet of vehicles was checked over Tuesday and crews began to pre-treat main intersections in the city to reduce ice buildup.
In a statement, Mayor Tom Henry urged drivers to use caution if they are unable to stay home during the storm. The city also encouraged residents to find off-street parking if possible to assist with snow-clearing.
Although the city noted no two storms are the same, the news release advised it usually takes 10 to 12 hours after snow stops falling to plow and salt priority one and two streets. Residential streets often take 48 hours to plow.
Kosciusko and LaGrange counties in Indiana are not included in the warning area, the weather service said. It said 4 to 6 inches of snow are expected there between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. today.
In Mercer County, Ohio, 5 to 7 inches of snow are expected through 7 p.m. today.