Thursday, February 21, 2008
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IDOT Warns Drivers to be Safe

Ice Storm Warning in Effect

(2:01 p.m. Thursday article)

(See National Weather Service announcement)

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[February 21, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- This is a reminder from the Illinois Department of Transportation that an ice storm warning currently in effect includes portions of southern Illinois. The potential impact of an ice storm includes the following, as described by the National Weather Service:

An ice storm warning means at least one-quarter inch of ice is expected to glaze exposed surfaces. Ice accumulations on trees and power lines already stressed from the last storm with ice, sleet and snow could quickly lead to power outages and falling tree branches. Travel could become very hazardous across the region.

Icy conditions were already being reported Thursday afternoon and were expected to continue. Road conditions may be hazardous. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while driving. If it is not essential to drive, you are urged to stay off the roads.

If you must travel:

  • Always wear your safety belt.

  • Plan extra time for your trip.

  • Drive defensively.

  • Don't crowd the plow -- give snowplows and salt trucks plenty of space.

  • Keep your gas tank full.

  • Keep an emergency kit in your car with: jumper cables, nonperishable food, blankets and first-aid kit.

For an update on road conditions, call 800-452-IDOT (4368) or visit

[Text from Illinois Department of Transportation file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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