Winter Storm Warning in effect all day Tuesday, March 5; State Police urge caution
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Illinois State Police (ISP) have issued snow travel advisories as a major winter storm is expected to move into the state late Monday night, March 4.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Rockford area for midnight, Monday, March 4, to midnight Tuesday night, March 5. Light snow will develop Monday night, but will become more widespread and heavier toward morning. Heavy accumulating snow is expected during the day Tuesday with accumulation of 7 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.
Snow will fall heavily at times from late Tuesday morning through early Tuesday evening. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible at times, making snow removal difficult and travel extremely dangerous. This will impact both morning and evening rush hours Tuesday.
Northerly winds gusting to 30 mph at times later Tuesday into Tuesday night will likely cause blowing and drifting snow in open areas.
ISP officials are issuing snow travel advisories and are urging motorists to plan ahead and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads. Drifting snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt travel, and motorists should allow extra time when making travel plans.
Winter driving incidents are preventable. ISP, District Chicago, handled more than 150 calls for service during the last storm. Drivers should plan accordingly and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of distance from other vehicles to safely maneuver, ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly, watching for snow removal equipment, and exiting the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous.
ISP Director Hiram Grau noted: “Illinois State Police are advising the motoring public to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel. Motorists should reduce speeds and drive at safe distances. Unless medical attention is required, any motorists involved in accidents are advised to exchange insurance and driver information to keep drivers and passengers safe and roads clear.”
Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP district within 10 days.
Winter weather safety tips to consider include the following:
• Anticipate reduced visibility and watch for black ice when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and curves.
• Avoid abrupt steering and braking and avoid tailgating by keeping a safe distance between vehicles.
• Allow enough time for travel and advise others of travel itineraries.
• Avoid unnecessary and sudden lane changes.
• Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.
• Always wear a safety belt and keep a charged cell phone handy.
Road condition information can be obtained by contacting the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Posted March 4, 2013
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