CHICAGO (AP) -- Road conditions are expected to suffer across northern Illinois as a winter storm is forecast to bring up to 10 inches of snow to the region. Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s directed state transportation and emergency services officials to prepare for a “major snow-fighting effort.”
The governor made the statement ahead of a winter storm that’s forecast to bring up to 10 inches of snow to the northern parts of Illinois on Tuesday. Quinn says “safety comes first” and he urged motorists to avoid driving “unless absolutely necessary.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway say they have nearly 800 snow plows ready ahead of Tuesday’s storm. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says motorists should be prepared too. She says they should wear their seat belts, slow down and not crowd the snow plows.
The National Weather Service says as much as 1.5 inches of snow could fall per hour.
The Illinois Tollway has a Snow Operations Center and officials say it will be activated as soon as necessary. The Tollway also has canceled any temporary lane closures.