FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — With a layer of ice coating pretty much everything Tuesday morning you’ll want to make sure you’re careful while walking outside and leave extra time for your morning commute.
So far there have been multiple reports on scanners of vehicle slide-offs. U.S. 24 recently reopened after being closed for several hours due to a semi jackknife near mile marker 15.
Dispatch also reports several other problem areas in the city including Lafayette and Anthony, and Homestead Road. They also warn that county roads will be hit the hardest.
Several travel advisories and watches have been issued throughout the area. These include watches in Steuben and Noble Counties, meaning only essential travel is recommended.
If you travel in an area with an advisory or watch, tell people your planned travel route and arrival time and a phone number you can be reached at. The Indiana State Police reminds drivers to always obey all posted signs and adjust vehicle speed according to weather, road and traffic conditions.
When driving, allow plenty of space between vehicles for extra stopping distance. The Indiana Department of Transportation says to keep a safe distance behind snow plow operators. A rule of thumb is if salt is hitting your vehicle, you are following too close. Drivers should also avoid passing snow plows on two-lane roads.
If you are driving and your vehicle begins to skid, the NWS says to remain calm, ease your foot off the gas and turn your wheels in the direction you want the front of the car to go. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. The NWS says to never pump the brakes on an ABS equipped vehicle.
Keep in mind bridges and overpasses often become icy first. Snow and blowing snow can cause sudden restrictions in visibility. INDOT said a saying to remember while driving is “ice and snow, keep it slow.” The NWS says more than 6,000 fatalities occur on roadways each year due to weather conditions. If you are having trouble seeing because of the weather conditions, pull over to the side of the road and stop your car until visibility improves. The NWS says to turn off your lights and use your parking brake when stopped so another car won’t mistakenly follow your tail/brake lights and end up hitting you.