Another round of wintry precipitation continues to push through the Riverbend. The first wave of the storm dropped a few inches on some places in the region and more is on the way. The National Weather Service says we could between 10 and 14 inches of snow by the time the weather system moves out of the area this evening. Cold air behind the system is forecasted to bring the coldest temperatures the region has seen in more than 15 years.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has more than 1,700 trucks deployed to fight the storm in the state of Illinois and local law enforcement agencies are reminding you to exercise caution on the roadway if you have to travel during the storm. You are encouraged to avoid travel if possible and to give snow plows and other trucks plenty of room to work if you are on the roadways today. You’re also reminded to watch out for black ice because precipitation on roadways will refreeze if the chemicals do not respond as subzero temperatures move into the Riverbend tonight. Finally, you are reminded to carry an emergency car care kit with you that includes jumper cables, flares or reflectors, an ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food items, and a first aid kit.