Slushy roads causing travel problems
Once a cold front moves through Central Illinois late this afternoon, temperatures will drop to or just below freezing over most of the area.
Rain will change over to freezing rain and sleet, then to light snow during the evening along Interstate 72, with the transition to a wintry
mix of precipitation shifting southeast as the night wears on.
Current indications suggest ice accumulations will be less than a tenth of an inch with snowfall around an inch during the evening.
With temperatures headed below freezing this evening, motorists should be on the lookout for icy spots on roads.
“Roads are terrible,” Champaign County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Coffey said at mid-afternoon Saturday.
“We’ve definitely had our share of accidents. We had three car versus poles but no one transported. It’s the slush. The roads are really thick with melting snow.”
Coffey said one woman went to change lanes on U.S. 45 north of Urbana and said the slush “took her car and spun it out in a ditch.”
“She wasn’t going very fast but just the thick slush and a lot of water (combined to cause her to lose control),” he said.
Champaign County road crews are out salting, Coffey said.
Illinois State Police have been busy throughout the nine counties of District 10 since early today.
At 2 p.m., a telecommunicator said a trooper was still at the scene of an accident at Interstate 57 and 74 minutes west of Champaign that happened just before noon.
Two people were taken to Carle Hospital but no further information was available.
Between 6 a.m. and noon, troopers handled about two dozen slide-offs.