Light ice accumulation in Effingham, and surrounding counties, is possible throughout the weekend with wind chills between zero and 10 degrees. Freezing rain is expected to develop tonight and will continue through Saturday morning. More rain, and possibly snow and ice accumulation, will continue Saturday night through Monday morning.
Use caution when traveling in this weather and be especially careful of black ice on roadways.
Here are some safety tips from the Illinois State Police:
- Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.
- Dress warmly – choose layers of clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.
- Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing. Plenty of fuel is also important if your vehicle becomes stranded.
- Don’t crowd the plow – remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
- Watch out for black ice – roads that appear clear may be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas – all are prone to black ice.
- Have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, a flashlight, a small ice scraper, blankets, gloves, food items, water, and a first aid kit.
- Carry a cell phone AND charger.
- Always wear a safety belt.
Road conditions are availble at 1-800-IDOT (4386) or here!