Poor Driving Conditions Expected For McHenry County
An oncoming winter storm is expected to create adverse driving conditions throughout McHenry County as well as the broader Chicago metropolitan area over the next 2-3 days. Wind, snow, ice, and dropping temperatures are forecast.
Given these anticipated adverse driving conditions, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend.” (pdf)
Notable excerpts include:
The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.
The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to begin this evening across northern and central Illinois, with totals ranging between 2 and 8 inches by Saturday evening. The southern part of the state is expected to see a mix of precipitation with the potential for icing. Gusty winds and low temperatures the remainder of the weekend will create blowing and drifting, reducing visibility to whiteout conditions at times and limiting the effectiveness of salt.
Motorists should expect slick conditions and remain extra cautious at all times.
The media release also offers travel tips for those who must travel. Among the more notable safety tips for adverse driving conditions include:
- Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
- Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
- If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.
On this site, the benefits of wearing a seat belt – and the risks and potential consequences of not wearing a seat belt, should one be in a vehicle accident – are further discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.
Additional Details Regarding These Adverse Driving Conditions
Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions for McHenry County and the surrounding areas can be seen in the sources mentioned above.