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Heavy snow forecasted in parts of northern Illinois

Reduced visibility, slick conditions anticipated this weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 23, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a storm system will move through the state tonight and Saturday, potentially producing heavy accumulations of snow north of Interstate 74. Widespread rain is expected throughout Illinois with snow developing in northern parts of the state late tonight and continuing into the weekend.

“Although spring did begin this week, winter weather still can be a factor when traveling for the next few weeks,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “If you are driving this weekend in the areas anticipated to be impacted, please be prepared to slow down and add plenty of extra time into your schedules.”

Throughout the day, IDOT crews are preparing trucks and equipment to be deployed tonight, focusing on areas expected to get the most snow. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution while driving, as low visibility and slick roads are anticipated.

The National Weather Service is predicting periods of heavy wet snow late tonight, approximately 10 to 20 miles north of Interstate 74 and northward into Will County. The heaviest accumulations, between 6 and 10 inches, will be possible near the Quad Cities and Kankakee.

Motorists should expect slippery conditions and be extra cautious when driving. For regular updates on statewide road conditions, visit

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) facilitates the inter-connectivity of all transportation modes for the efficient movement of people and goods. The roots of the agency can be traced back more than a century, for as long as cars, highways, and air traffic have moved people around the state. IDOT sends traffic-related news releases to The Lansing Journal, and we publish those that are relevant to readers in our community.


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