Regional
2:21 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Another Cold Night Ahead; Motorists Advised To Stay Home

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The snowstorm that dumped several inches on Illinois has moved out of the state.  But high winds and extremely cold temperatures make for another night of dangerous conditions.   Interstates have slick spots from where blowing snow has covered the road.  Many secondary roads are in much worse shape.  
Ann Schneider, Illinois' Transportation Secretary, says her agency has been advising the public to avoid driving...

"And so it's still very treacherous for motorists and we strongly encourage motorists if they don't have to travel, please don't. Stay home," Schneider said.

Schneider says IDOT crews have been working since last week's snowfall.   The agency has listed road conditions at the website "GettingAroundIllinois.com"

The Illinois Toll Highway Authority also has crews working to keep roads clear.  Tollway crews assisted more than 200 stranded motorists in the past day.  

Governor Pat Quinn has issued a State Disaster Declaration for all of Illinois.  That allows for all state resources, like the National Guard, to be used.