IDOT Warns Motorists about Dangerous Road Conditions on Majority of State Routes
Snow and Ice Covered Roads Statewide; Blowing and Drifting Snow Continues
CHICAGO – The
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced this
morning that Winter Storm Ion has impacted the majority of the
state with snow, and in some areas, freezing rain. IDOT has
thousands of winter weather crews deployed statewide to address
the winter weather on state routes, but motorists are urged to
only travel if necessary as conditions worsen and snow continues
to fall throughout the state. Currently, the majority of
Illinois roads are snow and ice covered.
The National Weather Service forecasts that a winter storm will
move through central and southeast Illinois today. Snow is
expected to increase in coverage and intensity this morning with
a mix of rain south of I-70 in the metro east area. The heaviest
snow is expected southeast of the Taylorville to Champaign line.
After the storm moves through, historically cold temperatures
are expected throughout Illinois with temperatures to fall to 15
below zero and wind chills ranging from 35 to 45 below zero
“Blowing and drifting snow continues to be a major challenge
across Illinois,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L.
Schneider. “Winter Storm Ion has impacted 90 percent of the
state. Thousands of IDOT winter weather crews are on the job
statewide clearing snow covered roads and spreading salt to help
ensure roads are clear and passable. Motorists should continue
to use extreme caution, only travel if necessary, take it slow,
buckle up and avoid distractions when behind the wheel.”
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. For a list of
warming centers in Illinois, visit
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.