Perilous travel conditions were accounted for Monday evening as a hefty band of snow got across parts of the Chicago territory, bringing “near whiteout conditions.”
At 12:40 p.m., the National Weather Service announced “very heavy lake effect snow” portions of parts of Cook County.
“Near whiteout conditions are occurring in the heart of this band w/ snowfall rates of 2″+ per hour possible resulting in dangerous travel conditions,” the NWS tweeted. “Additional snow moves in the PM.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation additionally revealed not long before early afternoon that few streets were at that point shrouded in day off ice “with high winds blowing snow around.”
“Both are greatly impacting visibility,” IDOT tweeted.
Illinois State Police detailed all northward paths of Interstate 55 were closed down at Illinois Route 30 Monday evening for a car accident, however the reason for the mishap stays indistinct. It was not promptly known whether climate assumed a part however police encouraged drivers to dodge the territory and delayed down.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police asked drivers Monday to “strongly consider postponing any unnecessary travel,” cautioning of very smooth conditions and helpless perceivability.
“As always, our team at IDOT will be out on the roads around the clock, but if you can stay indoors, please do, especially during the overnight hours,” Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said. “Conditions at times could be treacherous, with the cold and wind reducing the effectiveness of the materials we use to treat snow and ice. Expect extremely long travel times and always prepare your vehicle in the event you are stranded.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, alongside other city pioneers, are relied upon to give a report on the “extreme weather conditions” Monday evening.
A large part of the Chicago region is under a colder time of year storm notice all through Monday and proceeding through Tuesday morning, with in excess of a foot conceivable very quickly.
The city could see probably the most elevated aggregates with heaviest sums expected along the lakefront.
The alarm cautions of up to 13 crawls of day off, a few areas seeing possibly significantly higher sums. Wind chills almost 20 degrees under zero are additionally anticipated.
A few areas saw almost 2 inches fall by early Monday, yet more snow was normal through the evening and night hours.
Substantial day off chilly temperatures are normal, making for low perceivability and hazardous travel conditions specifically. The NWS noticed that the most exceedingly terrible conditions are normal late Monday evening through Tuesday morning, affecting drives both to and from work.
“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” the colder time of year storm notice states.
Illinois authorities said blowing and floating snow all through the state are likely “due to the amounts and fluffiness of the snow combined with high winds.”
“In the event that you should travel, we ask that you permit extra an ideal opportunity to arrive at your objective and guarantee your vehicle is in a safe working condition,” ISP Director Brandon Kelly said.
“Please obey all traffic laws and posted speed limits. Remember, speed limits are set for clear conditions. Only drive the speed limit if it is safe to do so. And please watch out for emergency responders and highway maintainers who are doing their best to keep the roadways safe.”
Overnight lows will go from – 2 well inland to 10 over zero in northwest Indiana, however wrap blasts up to 20 to 25 mph will make the breeze chill readings between 5 to 15 degrees.
Tuesday morning will in any case see some light snow across the territory. In any case, heavier lake impact snow will proceed for the duration of the evening, basically in Cook County, prior to tightening to a couple of light snow showers at night.
At the point when awful climate hits, it’s in every case best to remain off the streets. On the off chance that you don’t have a decision, here is some guidance for going in troublesome winter conditions.
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