Winter storm causes slick conditions and affects businesses

Multiple travel advisories were issued for Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio as a winter storm moved into the area, causing slick conditions and drifting.

Posted: Jan 19, 2019 9:11 PM
Updated: Jan 19, 2019 10:41 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Multiple travel advisories were issued for Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio as a winter storm moved into the area, causing slick conditions and drifting. 

Drivers moved at a crawl, and many counties said not to drive unless it was necessary for work or an emergency. 

"Boy, it's bad. It's real dangerous out there driving," said Shawn Noel, a truck driver. 

Some truckers said they don't like to travel in weather like this, but sometimes they have no choice. 

"We've still got to deliver the freight. We just got to try to stay safe, go slow, and try not to hit the brakes too hard," Noel said. 

The city pretreated the roads Friday to prepare for Saturday's storm, but the plows had a hard time keeping up. 

"It wasn't too bad to start off with, but once it turned into snow, everything went bad. The roads are really, really iced up. The DOT seems like they're trying to keep ahead of it, but they're not doing such a good job of it," said Scott Anderson. 

The storm also affected local businesses. 

Richie Wolfe, the manager of Park Place on Main, said the roads were bad coming downtown from Roanoke this morning, and they caused many of his customers to cancel reservations. 

"People have difficulty with getting down Main. It seems that not too many trucks have come down here to clear or salt, and there's also a lot of wind and drifting around," he said. 

We are still expecting snow to fall in some parts of the viewing area. Frigid temperatures will also move into the area overnight. 

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