By Steve Rensberry, Editor
A winter storm system that came through the area this past week dumped several inches of snow on Sunday and Monday through the area, slowing traffic to a crawl in many areas.
Salt trucks were seen in Troy and elsewhere as work crews tried to stay on top of it, as Sunday night’s snowfall was followed Monday afternoon by several more inches, adding to the treacherous road conditions.
Warnings were issued beginning late last week by the Illinois Department of Transportation and other officials, urging drivers to be cautious.
School districts cancelled classed throughout the region on Monday, including in the Triad and Collinsville school districts.
According to the National Weather Service, total snow accumulation was expected to reach 4-8 inches in area around Springfield and Champaign, extending south to St. Louis.
“Throughout the state, whenever possible, IDOT crews will be pretreating bridges, overpasses and ramps, the area most susceptible to icing,” a press release from IDOT stated. “The department will have available more than 1,800 trucks and equipment statewide, applying sale and treating roads.”
Highs are predicted in the 40s and low 50s through December 28, with a change of further snow showers predicted for Dec 28 and 29.