IDOT winter crews ready for whiteout conditions, high winds, cold
reminded: 'Ice & Snow, Take it Slow'
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[January 27, 2014]
CHICAGO — The Illinois
Department of Transportation announced on Sunday that road
conditions in some areas statewide are expected to change with
anticipated snow, extremely cold temperatures and high winds, as
high as 50 mph. Some state routes in northern Illinois were still
covered with previous snow and ice, creating slick and hazardous
driving conditions for motorists.
IDOT has winter weather crews deployed in areas affected and
thousands on standby statewide to address the winter weather on
state routes to help ensure the safety of the motoring public.
winter weather crews have been out in full force in impacted areas
clearing roads this weekend and are ready for the additional snow
accumulation and cold temperatures expected (Monday) and throughout
the week," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider.
"With the high winds expected, blowing and drifting snow will
continue to impact visibility, causing whiteout conditions in some
areas. Motorists need to proceed with extreme caution, take it slow,
give plow drivers plenty of room, buckle up and avoid distractions
when behind the wheel."
Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect
roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary
during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low.
During the severely cold weather expected, the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to
cold temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need
additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair and bring pets
For a list of warming centers in Illinois, visit
For the latest winter road conditions and road closures, visit
Those traveling by Amtrak trains are encouraged to call
800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit
Amtrak.com/alerts for service
alerts and passenger notices.
Safety tips to remember:
Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.
Don't crowd the plow. A snowplow operator's field of vision is
restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear, and
the unseen ice can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas -- all prone to
black ice, which is often invisible.
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Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help
prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.
Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If
you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone
is aware of your travel route and schedule.
Always carry an emergency car care kit with jumper cables, flares
or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper,
traction material, blankets, nonperishable food, and a first-aid
Carry a few extra blankets in your car and perhaps an extra coat
to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.
Carry a cellphone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of
emergency (but remember that using hand-held phones while driving is
illegal if it is not an emergency situation).
Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back -- it's the law.
Check travel and road conditions routinely before any trip. You
can get road condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368),
Illinois Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI (865-5394) or online at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the "Winter Road
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]