High winds, drifting snow

A Greenfield Township road shows what LaGrange County roads would look like without plows after heavy snowfall earlier this month. Forecasters are calling for 6-10 inches of snow Feb. 14-16.

National Weather Service Northern Indiana observed reported Feb. 16 that 11.6” of snow has fallen in Allen County with 1 foot in Wabash County and 10 inches in Defiance, Ohio. 

Allen County weather 

Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour were reported Feb. 15 with high winds, reduced visibility, and significant drifting that made travel conditions extremely hazardous.

The travel watch for Allen County was lifted Feb. 17. Travel conditions have improved on most primary and secondary roads.

Drivers are warned:

A travel advisory has been issued. Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas of Allen County where significant snow and ice remain. Be especially watchful during hours of darkness. Watch for drifting snow on the rural roadways. Use caution if travel is necessary.

The Allen County Highway Department reports all crews at north and south barns have been deployed since 5 a.m. Feb. 16 with equipment to plow and treat county roads.  

 It can take plow drivers up to 2 hours to make a complete round before starting over, especially in areas where snow is blowing and drifting. 

City preparing streets 

The city of Fort Wayne Street Department continued to plow the morning of Feb. 16. spent the night of Feb. 14 and the morning  Crews might begin plowing residential streets by the end of the business day.  They pretreated all main arteries with a de-icing brine substance to reduce the ice formations that can make streets slick during winter events.

 Mayor Tom Henry encouraged employers to let their employees work from home if possible because of the large amount of snow and drifting. Having fewer vehicles on the streets will maximize clearing efforts.

It usually takes 10-12 hours AFTER the snow stops falling to plow and salt Priority 1 and 2 streets. Residential streets generally take 48 hours to plow if crews don’t have to move back to priority one or two streets to clear them again.

The street department is responsible for 1,200 miles of streets and roads and has 18 snow routes. More information about the department's efforts can be found at www.cityoffortwayne.org/snow.

Clear fire hydrants

The Fort Wayne Fire Department asks that residents who have a fire hydrant in front of their house to clear the snow from around the hydrant. It’s imperative that fire hydrants are easy to locate in case of a fire.

Clear home vents

The Allen County Building Department issued the following statement:

“... snow-covered vents outside the home pose a danger.  It has been a while since our area has received this much snow. Blowing and drifting have created a situation where residents should keep their furnace vents and heat pumps clear of snow to keep their heat running and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

“It is best to use a broom or soft brush instead of a shovel to prevent the possibility of breaking off the exhaust pipe resulting in a costly service call.”

As a result of the expected snowfall:

  • The Feb. 17 morning Farm Wagon in Monroe operated by Community Harvest will be closed due to snow. In addition, the morning SeniorPak drive through distribution is canceled. The afternoon Farm Wagon and all other programs will run as scheduled.
  • Hop River Brewing Company is closed Feb. 16.
  • Big Eyed Fish Express stores will open at 2 p.m. Feb. 16.
  • House to Home on The Landing is closed Feb. 16.
  • Rich’s Cafe in Waynedale is closed Feb. 16.
  • Bragg Alot Sweets and Drinks is closed Feb. 16.
  • The city of New Haven will delay the opening of City Hall till 1 p.m. Feb. 16.
  • Turnstone Center, including all programs and services, will be closed  Feb. 16.  Check Turnstone.org and Turnstone’s social media channels for further updates.
  • La Margarita Restaurant will be closed Feb. 16.
  • Blueberry Pancake II and in Monroeville will be closed Feb.. 16.
  • The Perk Coffeehouse will be closed Feb. 16.
  • Davey’s Delicious Bagels and Deli’s grand opening at 1006 Broadway is postponed from Feb. 16 to 19.
  • Both Mi Pueblo locations are closing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15.
  • Takaoka of Japan and Texas Roadhouse are closing at 8 p.m. Feb. 15.
  • Welch’s Ale House is  closing early Feb. 15. It won’t be open for lunch Feb. 16. It currently plans to reopen at 4 p.m. Feb. 16.
  • The city of New Haven is postponing the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting scheduled for Feb. 16 to 8:30 a.m.  Feb. 18. The meeting will still be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 815 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven.  Republic Services is delaying trash pickup by one day: Tuesday’s pickups will be Wednesday and so forth.
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne will be close at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

All classes capable of meeting online or scheduled to meet online this evening are expected to continue uninterrupted.

All on-campus events and activities are canceled for the evening.

Check the website at pfw.edu and stay tuned to local media for further updates.

• Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation has two announcements:

Community Youth Center Programs (Cooper Center, Jennings Center, McMillen Community Center, and Weisser Park Center) will be held virtually on Feb. 15 and, if Fort Wayne Community School buildings are closed, the programs will be virtual on Feb. 16 as well.

Downtown Community Center programs are cancelled for the evening of Feb. 15. Daytime programming is cancelled for Feb. 16 and the building will be closed. The decision for 4:30-8 p.m. Feb. 16 will be announced by 1 p.m. that day. Check FortWayneParks.org or the Parks and Recreation social media for updates throughout Feb. 16.

Pickleball at McMillen Park Community Center is cancelled for Feb. 16.

• Allen County Public Library locations are closing early, at 6 p.m., Feb. 15.

UPDATED: Community Harvest Food Bank planned to close at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 for the remainder of the day due to worsening weather conditions. It will tentatively reopen Feb. 17. Farm Wagons and other programs run by the food bank will be closed as well. Clients and volunteers should visit www.CHFB.org for any further updates regarding weather and/or closing hours.

• Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) clinics have announced closures:

Feb. 15 (closing early): 

PPG – Ohio: All walk-in clinics will be closing early, at 5 p.m.

Feb. 16 (closed for the day):

PPG – Family Medicine, Warren

PPG – Cardiology, Angola

PPG – Cardiology, Hicksville

PPG – Cardiology, Auburn

PPG – Cardiology, Huntington

PPG – Cardiology, LaGrange

PPG – Cardiology, Kendallville

PPG – Cardiology, Wabash

PPG – Cardiology, Warsaw

PPG – Cardiology, Columbia City

These closures, and any additional closures, will be posted to ppg.parkview.com, where the public can check for updates.

• Marine Corps League Detachment 1435 Pride and Purpose meeting for the evening of Feb. 15 has been cancelled.

• Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly's Commercial Lending: Small to Medium Businesses webinar presented by Premier Bank planned for 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 is postponed. A new date will be announced shortly. See more at kpceventbuzz.com/webinars

• Fort Wayne garbage and recycling collection is expected to move slower this week. Alleys are not plowed by city crews, therefore it is more difficult for trucks to maneuver in those areas. Residents are encouraged to be patient.

• The VA Northern Indiana Health Care System COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinic planned for Feb. 15 will be postponed until 8-11 a.m. Feb. 20. Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the Fort Wayne campus, 2121 Lake Ave., will give Moderna vaccines on a first come first served basis. Veterans must be enrolled with VANIHCS. Call 1-800-360-8387, ext. 75113, or a primary care team to make an appointment.

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