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Snow and Freezing Rain Storm Leaves Secondary Roads In Poor Condition Friday Morning

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Snow topped by freezing rain created havoc on area roads Thursday night.   The major roads are now mostly clear of ice and snow with scattered slippery spots, but secondary roads are ice to slush covered in most locations making travel hazardous. Temperatures are above freezing and are expected to remain just above freezing most of the day. 

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports scattered slippery spots remain on Interstate 57 through Marion County to the Champaign area where the pavement becomes mostly snow and ice packed into the Chicago area.   I-57 south of Marion County is reported as mostly clear.   I-64 has scattered slippery spots from the Jefferson-Washington County line into St. Louis, while I-64 through Mt. Vernon to the Indiana border is mostly clear of ice and snow.  The worst road conditions in the state this morning are in the Springfield area, around Chicago, and across the northern fourth of the state.

Tri-County Electric reported high winds caused a transmission line serving the Kinmundy and Patoka area went down early Thursday night resulting in a power outage that lasted for about two hours.  Icing conditions was blamed for another outage in the Walnut Hill area.  

Most area grade and high schools are closed Friday due to the weather.  Click here for the up to date list of cancellations.  Click here for the latest road conditions from the Illinois Department of Transportation.  

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