Blowing And Drifting Snow Makes Driving Difficult

Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Winter Storm Nika Blasts Illinois Roadways, Creates Dangerous Driving Conditions.”  This release warned of driving conditions resulting from an impending snowstorm.  An excerpt:

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow from Winter Storm Nika already is impacting roads and bridges from Central to Southern Illinois creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for motorists, with additional snow and drifting expected overnight across the state.

The National Weather Service forecasted snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches throughout Illinois. Snow started to fall in late morning, impacting the southern 40 percent of the state. Forecasters also warn of high winds up to 25 mph overnight in some areas, which will cause whiteout conditions and poor visibility.

Today, there have been many reports of spinouts, vehicle accidents, and vehicles sliding off of roadways.  Many of the difficult driving conditions have been caused by blowing and drifting snow, in some cases causing “whiteout” conditions.  Also, roads are said to be slippery and icy.

An excerpt from today’s (February 5) Daily Herald story titled “Relentless storms slowing commutes, canceling flights” :

The Illinois Department of Transportation said this morning that the “majority” of the state’s roads are snow and ice covered thanks to the storm that extended from southwestern Illinois to the Wisconsin state line.

Some of the difficult driving conditions and vehicle accidents were discussed in the CBS Chicago article of today, titled “Winter’s Snowy Trend Continues, Nearly 6 Inches In Parts Of Chicago” :

Heavy, blowing snow was making Chicago area roads very treacherous early Wednesday, and airlines were cancelling hundreds of flights at O’Hare and Midway airports due to the winter storm.


Travel was slow on all Chicago area interstates, as blowing snow reduced visibility and kept roads slick.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald and CBS Chicago articles mentioned above.


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