Statement as issued shortly after noon Tuesday by Steuben County officials:
Steuben County will remain in a watch status until conditions are evaluated at noon Wednesday. Conditions will be evaluated at that time by Steuben County commissioners, Sheriff, EMA and County Highway and either we will continue with the watch status further or lower the status to an alert. Some roads may be restricted or become impassable throughout the evening and night due to drifting snow. Use extreme caution.
State Road 127 north of 200 N to CR. 400 N continues to be very slippery. Although the roadway is open for travel, please avoid that area if possible. Highway plows continue to place salt and chemicals on the roadways however due to the extremely low temperatures it is not allowing them to work in the same manner as intended.
Roadway surfaces are all ice/snow packed covered and they are rough and bumpy making traction difficult. Should you have to travel please drive slower than normal, give yourself plenty of travel time and greater distance between traveling vehicles and intersections to be able to stop properly. Many vehicles currently on the roadway are heavily covered in snow. Please brush and remove snow from your vehicles before operating on the roadways as it creates visibility issues for you and other motorists.
• Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.
Those that experience heat loss or extended power outage can call the Steuben County Emergency management at 260-668-1000 extension 3400. Warming centers and arrangements with the Red Cross have been established to assist.
We ask that motorist who must travel to be alert for all snow plows and snow removal equipment, towing equipment and emergency services vehicles. If you do not have to travel, we are asking that you do not. We are also asking that calls to Steuben County Communications be reserved to calls for service and 911. They are being flooded with calls requesting road conditions which has been tying up valuable lines for serious incoming calls.
PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING ON ANY COUNTY ROADS!
Tim R. Troyer