Slick roads greet morning commuters

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The first snowfall of the season making a significant impact on travel has made its way into Central Illinois. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the majority of Central Illinois. Snowfall totals by the end of the day could reach 5 inches in some areas, particularly the further east you go. The snow began falling overnight and many roads are at least partially snow covered for the morning commute. 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting Interstate 55 is covered with snow, while Interstates 74, 474 and 155 are partially covered. The roads are worse in the Bloomington-Normal area than in Peoria due to heavier snow falling. 

Peoria Public Works has its “snow fighters” out on primary streets, treating them with rock salt. The department will determine whether to also treat residential streets. Assistant Director Sie Maroon says they will plow those streets once there’s 2 inches of snow on the pavement. He’s reminding business owners to shovel their sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall ending.

-A traffic collision alert has been issued for Peoria County. That means an crash not involving injuries does not need to be reported immediately. Motorists are asked to exchange information and then report it within 48 hours of the alert being lifted. 

-The Village of Creve Coeur has implemented a collision alert and parking ban. If you’re in a crash and nobody is injured, report it in-person within 48 hours of the alert being lifted. You can do so at the Police Department on Thorncrest. The parking ban along snow routes is in effect until further notice.

A few schools have issued closings for the day. Click here for the complete list. 

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