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New snow sustaining treacherous conditions, unnecessary travel discouraged

Even the professionals are having a difficult time of it with current road conditions. Illinois State Police officials on Wednesday investigated three separate traffic crashes involving ISP squad cars.  Two troopers were struck in ISP District 9 – Springfield and one in ISP District 10 – Pesotum.  The two crashes in ISP District 9 were both Move Over Law related. Shown here: Around 3:22 p.m., a trooper working in ISP District 9 was on the right shoulder of the ramp from southbound Veterans Parkway to Interstate 72 eastbound in Springfield, handling a crash.  The fully marked squad car was stationary with its emergency lights activated.  A vehicle traveling on the ramp lost control on the ice, struck the rear bumper of the squad car, and pushed the squad into the initial wrecked vehicle.  The driver of the offending vehicle was uninjured; however, the trooper was taken  to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is telling people not to travel today, Thursday, unless necessary.

Travel conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate from the impacts of a major winter storm that will be felt for several days.

More than 10 inches of snow fell in the hardest-hit regions of the state, with expected blowing and drifting, combined with falling temperatures, likely producing extremely dangerous travel conditions during the overnight hours and into Thursday.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is using all of its available resources to keep roads as safe as possible, but we ask for the public’s continued cooperation by delaying nonessential travel and staying home,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “This storm clearly will be a marathon and not a sprint, with the snow, ice, high winds and bitter cold presenting challenges for our snow-and-ice teams and the traveling public over the next several days. Your help and patience will remain key to ensuring the safety of everyone, even after the storm has passed.”

The National Weather Service as part of an ongoing winter storm warning is predicting another round of snow starting later today for much of central and southeastern Illinois, along with parts of the Chicago area, with the potential for 6 to 10 additional inches or more in some areas. Significant ice and sleet accumulations are possible south of Interstate 70 in southern Illinois, creating extremely slippery surfaces and slick conditions.

Winds in excess of 30 mph will produce blowing and drifting snow tonight and through Thursday, reducing the effectiveness of plowing operations and leading to treacherous conditions. Colder air is expected to bring subzero temperatures by Friday morning.

Due to the long duration of the storm, sustained high winds and severe cold reducing the ability of materials to treat the roads, as well as the challenges of staffing a prolonged winter weather event, IDOT is asking the public to remain patient, use caution and prepare for much longer travel times to persist, with snow-and-ice response and cleanup efforts potentially lasting several days.

Numerous crashes and incidents of vehicles leaving the road have occurred across the state. For updates on the latest emergency road closures, visit idot.illinois.gov or click here.

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