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Travel Advisory System

The Travel Advisory System was adopted locally from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Local Travel Advisory System.

This system consists of 3 levels.  These levels are designed to help provide residents of Allen County with accurate and actionable information so that you can make an informed decision about your personal travel during inclement winter weather.  We believe that the individual resident and local business owner is capable of good decision making when provided with this trusted and timely information..

Travel Advisory Chart

Indiana uses a standardized tool for assessing winter weather travel conditions. An advisory is issued when conditions are changing; i.e., ice forming on bridge decks or road surfaces, drifting across roadways, snow beginning to accumulate. A watch is used to communicate hazardous conditions occurring such as accumulating snow with forecast for more, significant icing, some roadways impassable due to drifting or timing of the snow.  Both the advisory and the watch are recommendations only and issued to alert you to potentially hazardous conditions.  A warning is only issued when local resources are completely overwhelmed or travel would present a significant threat to the personal safety of our residents. A warning may not be issued without the Allen County Commissioners first declaring a local disaster.  With the declaration of a warning travel advisory, the Commissioners may restrict travel to emergency management workers. Only under a travel warning could persons violating travel restrictions be subject to a class b misdemeanor in accordance with I.C. 10-14-3-34.