DeKalb County residents ready for winter storm

People farther north of Fort Wayne is expected to see more snow.

Posted: Feb 8, 2018 8:14 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2018 6:56 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - People across the region will wake up to a new layer of snow.

People farther north of Fort Wayne are expected to see more snow.

WFFT Meteorologist Andrew Logsdon is forecasting DeKalb County to get 6 to 9 inches of snow.

INDOT trucks were out monitoring their routes two hours before the snow hit so they are ready to put the plow and salt down on area highways.

But people in DeKalb County said they're ready for whatever mother nature brings.

The Auburn Walmart parking lot was full Thursday afternoon as dozens and dozens of shoppers stock up on last minute supplies before the snow hits.

"I got all my water at home already, got me enough Hamburger Helper to get me through a few days. I believe I'm ready for it," said Jonathan Miller, who lives in Auburn.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is also ready for tonight's storm.

"We have three things that are all that we need for a storm. That's people, trucks and salt," said Toni Mayo, INDOT spokeswoman.

Many trucks were in the shop Thursday getting necessary repairs so they are ready to go.

"They are having things from their hydraulic brakes repaired, windshield wiper blades, those kind of things. We want to have everybody ready for the storm tonight," Mayo said.

Mayo said INDOT drivers are working 12-hour shifts until the snow storm is over.

She reminded people there are several reasons you may not see plows on your street because each route is about two hours.

"It could be we're back getting salt. It could be our truck is broken down. There's a lot of different things why someone is not going to see us," said Mayo.

But Walmart shoppers are looking forward to having a snow day.

"Hopefully schools will be cancelled tomorrow so I don't have to work," said Sara Polakobic, LaOtta resident.

The Auburn Police Department told WFFT they are ready to handle an increased number of calls in the city.

Police Chief Martin McCoy said they have several officers on call to help relieve some of the load, but he encouraged everyone to take it slow and let road crews get the roads opened up.

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