WINTER STORM STRIKES BOND COUNTY AND METRO EAST
The winter storm that dumped over 3 inches of snow on Bond County has caused several crashes, skids and driving problems around the area. Since the beginning of the storm the Illinois State Police District 11, this covers Bond County and most of the Metro East, reports 56 traffic crashes. There have also been multiple spin outs, and cars that have lost control, and over 110 calls for help from stranded and stuck motorists. With another possible inch of accumulation and falling temperatures today roads will get better than worse as the storm moves on. Snow totals are in and as of 6am this morning 3.5 inches of snow fell at the Sewer Plant, 4 inches fell at 6th street and 3.5 inches at Route Idler and Route 140.
The weather forecast for Thursday shows, dropping temperatures, a winter weather advisory until 6PM, and the possibility of more snow showers. A wind chill advisory will also be in effect from 1AM-6AM on Friday, as temperatures drop to zero or below zero wind chills will likely be 15-25 degrees below.
Blowing snow from the high winds will cause headaches especially on open country roads. The temperatures are expected to rise a little by the end of the week, and then have highs in the low 30’s by Monday and Tuesday. As always tune to WGEL Radio for the latest local weather information and closings.
CARLYLE LAKE ICE UNSAFE
Recent subfreezing temperatures have resulted in ice forming on most of Carlyle Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns people to stay off lake ice as air pockets and variations in ice thickness often cause the ice to collapse under a person's weight. For more information, call the Carlyle Lake office at 618-594-2484.
SAFE DRIVING TIPS FOR WINTER
With the recent hazardous weather, the Illinois State Police remind you about driving safely during these winter months. Ask yourself if driving is absolutely necessary, and make sure your vehicle is winterized. Worn tires are dangerous to drive on and need to be replaced. A few items to have in your vehicle during the winter months include blankets, a shovel, flashlight, kitty litter for traction, and a working cell phone. Before leaving tell someone your destination and the route you are taking. Drive slowly and increase the following distance from vehicles in front of you. ISP says that if you are skidding, steer your car in the direction of the skid. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle, running the engine only enough to keep warm and open your window slightly for ventilation. Remember, no matter what the weather, please buckle up.