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Winter storm, difficult driving conditions today throughout much of Illinois

Quincy, Springfield, and Champaign areas mainly affected

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 15, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm with the potential for several inches of snow and freezing rain will have a major impact on travel late Sunday and Monday throughout much of the state. All motorists should plan accordingly for conditions to deteriorate Sunday afternoon, into the overnight hours, and Monday, with hazardous driving conditions and much longer travel times.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until Monday evening, with snow beginning to accumulate Sunday afternoon, primarily in the central part of the state. Areas along and south of Interstate 70 could see periods of freezing rain late Sunday night through Monday morning.

Total accumulations are expected to reach between 4 to 8 inches in the Quincy, Springfield, and Champaign areas, extending south to St. Louis. North of Peoria and far southern Illinois are anticipated to receive between 1 to 2 inches, with a trace in the Chicago area.

For regular updates on statewide road conditions, visit

Throughout the state, whenever possible, IDOT crews will be pretreating bridges, overpasses and ramps, the areas most susceptible to icing. The department will have available more than 1,800 trucks and equipment statewide, applying salt and treating roads.

If you encounter a plow during your travels, please slow down, increase your driving distance, and remain patient.

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.