Crews prepping for snow

Crews prepping for snow

Public works crews are preparing for winter weather headed this way.

Highways in southern Illinois already have patches of ice and snow, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation's road-condition website.

A maintenance supervisor with the Champaign County Highway Department said the group is prepared.

Tracy Wingler said trucks have already been out salting the roads and added that this year's weather doesn't seem to be any different from weather patterns in past winters.

Wingler also said that people should take the usual precautions when driving in the snow.

In Champaign, the Public Works Department also is getting ready.

Public Works Operations Manager Ernesto Salinas said the city's staff has prepared snow plowing equipment and pre-treated main roads, bridges and sidewalks with anti-icing agents.

A crew will be held over after the regular shift until 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Salinas said

Forecasts are calling for one to three inches of snow in addition to freezing rain that occurred earlier today. Citizens are encouraged to take precautions when driving:  leave early, allow extra time to reach your destination, stay off the streets whenever possible, and be cautious around snowplows.   In the event of two or more inches of accumulation, the Public Works Director has the authority to activate the Emergency Snow Routes and the Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance. 

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