Weather Crews Prepared Statewide to Deploy for Winter Storm Titan
Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain to Create Slick
Roads and Bridges Starting Saturday Night
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[March 01, 2014]
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today
that snow and ice from Winter Storm Titan will create slick and
dangerous road conditions for the traveling public statewide. The
National Weather Service forecasted a cold front to move through
beginning today to be followed by a snowfall band expected of 6 to
10 inches throughout Illinois from Saturday night through Sunday
IDOT has full crews and equipment standing by to deploy to impacted
areas. Approximately 1,755 snow plows and 3,700 employees are
available statewide to remove snow and ice from state routes and to
help ensure the safety of the motoring public.
Motorists who must travel during the storm should check
road conditions and road closures at
before heading out. Due to flooding, the Oquawka Covered Bridge rest
area, IL-9 at the Spoon River Bottoms and IL-37 at 700 Avenue are
closed. Brussels Ferry also remains closed. IDOT will continue to
monitor the winter weather statewide and respond accordingly.
“IDOT has been preparing for the last couple of days in anticipation
of Winter Storm Titan, and will be ready when the snow and ice
begins to fall across the state,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “With the wintry mix expected, motorists
are advised to use extreme caution if they must travel, take it
slow, buckle up and check winter road conditions before heading
IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary during winter
storms or when temperatures are extremely low. During
severely cold weather, the Illinois
Department of Human Services 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 indoors. For a list of warming centers in Illinois, visit
Safety tips to remember:
extra time for travel during the winter months.
crowd the plow – a snow plow operator’s field of vision is
restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
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 are
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.
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 that contains jumper
cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a
small ice scraper, traction material, blankets,
non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
Carry a few extra blankets in your car, and perhaps an extra
coat to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.
Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in
case of emergency (but remember using handheld 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 or online at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the
“winter road conditions” icon.
[Text received; ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT