Heavy snow to impact travel Tuesday night through Wednesday

Slick, slippery conditions, much longer travel times expected

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 24, 2023) — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is warning the public that winter weather will affect much of the state this evening through Wednesday, creating slick and slippery conditions. Some areas are expected to receive up to 9 inches of snow. To prepare, IDOT will have snow-and-ice teams pre-treating roads and bridges as necessary, with plowing operations ongoing throughout the storm and continuing in the days afterward.

“The men and women of IDOT will be out in force before, during and after the storm, but we need the public’s cooperation as well,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “The safest option during inclement weather always is to avoid unnecessary trips and remain home, but if you are driving, expect travel to be slow and build plenty of extra time into your schedule. Conditions may be dangerous.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and advisory beginning this evening for much of Illinois, mainly south of Interstate 88. Snow accumulations are expected to range from 4 to 7 inches east of Interstate 55, with up to 9 inches east of I-57. Three inches or less are expected west of I-55, with 1 to 3 inches anticipated in the Chicago area.

Tips for those who must travel:

  • Check current road conditions at GettingAroundIllinois.com. Follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Fill up your gas tank and pack winter weather essentials, such as a cell phone charger, warm clothes, blankets, food, water, first aid kit, washer fluid, and ice scraper.
  • Check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.
  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to icing, including ramps, bridges, curves, and shaded areas.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room and move over for emergency responders.
  • Always wear a seat belt for the best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy road can have fatal consequences.
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