IDOT Winter Crews Deploy As Snow and Dangerous Temperatures Move into Illinois
Thousands of IDOT Trucks and Employees Ready for Pending Storm
– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced
this morning that winter weather crews have deployed to address
the snowfall, and in some areas freezing rain, expected through
Sunday. Currently, the majority of state routes are clear of
snow and ice, but the condition is expected to change
drastically by early evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather
advisory for snow from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday throughout
Illinois. Snow is already falling in some areas with the
heaviest snowfall expected to occur around midnight through noon
Sunday with winds expected to increase from 15 to 20 mph with
gusts in excess of 30 mph. As a result of the high winds,
motorists should expect blowing and drifting snow and low
“IDOT crews are deployed and ready tackle this storm,” said
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “We want to
warn motorists that roads will be slick and potentially very
dangerous. We advise motorists use extreme caution, only travel
if absolutely necessary, take it slow, buckle up and avoid
Currently, IDOT has 1,755 trucks assigned to snow duty across
the state, and nearly 3,700 full- and part-time employees
throughout the state available to help ensure roads are clear
and passable. IDOT will continue to monitor the latest storm
system as it moves into Illinois.
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 indoors.
Other safety tips to remember:
Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow
operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them,
but they may not see you.
Allow extra time for travel during the
Watch out for black ice on roads that appear
clear but 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.
Always keep your gas tank at least
two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from
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
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 cell phone and dial *999 for roadway
Always wear a safety belt.
Motorists are urged to check travel
conditions 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.