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Fort Wayne Opens Roads, Remains on Alert

After record-setting snowfall across the region- where many areas have over a foot of snow- northeast Indiana is in the middle of a polar plunge. Temperatures are nearly twenty below zero and the wind makes it feel nearly fifty below zero. That record cold has shut down much of the region. The snow stopped falling early Monday, but it's still blowing.
After record-setting snowfall across the region- where many areas have over a foot of snow- northeast Indiana is in the middle of a polar plunge.

Temperatures are nearly twenty below zero and the wind makes it feel nearly fifty below zero.

That record cold has shut down much of the region.

The snow stopped falling early Monday, but it's still blowing.

Strong winds are causing snow drifts of several feet high- that on top of a foot of new snow.

Fort Wayne lifted its level one warning Monday evening, which kept everyone but emergency vehicles and plows off the roads.

But we're not done yet.

"For those who have to go to work, we should be able to get the streets clear enough where they can move their vehicles around. However, it's still going to be sub-zero weather for another twenty-four to forty-eight hours,” says Fort Wayne mayor Tom Henry.

The city is now under a level two watch, which means you can drive the city's streets.

"You can go back to work, but we're going to ask everybody to limit their driving to and from work, or to and from school, don't go around and leisurely drive through the city,” Henry says.

Tonight could be even colder, and one of the coldest periods ever in the region's history.

Schools are closed for the second straight day because of the temps and the winds.

Henry says he expects city and county offices to reopen as most of the major roads have been cleared.

Now, those plows are focusing on residential streets.

"We still have a lot of secondary streets. But we have over forty trucks out there... Well hopefully, everything will be done in the next forty-eight hours,” Henry says.

If you have to be outside, even for just a few minutes, like to scrape off the car or whatnot, you're going to have to bundle up like me, from head to toe. Because any exposed skin left alone for just a few minutes could freeze, and you could get frostbite.

And Henry says, even though the roads have been plowed, they are still very icy, and he says, unless you really have to go somewhere just stay home.

And once we do warm up, we could be back in the forties by the weekend, one of the biggest dangers is frozen pipes breaking.

Henry advises people to let your faucets drip a little bit, and if they do freeze, use a hair dryer or just call a professional.

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