Holiday Travel

By Beau Ebenezer

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 7:16 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The roads and sky have cleared up for holiday travelers in the Heart of Illinois.

But for many it's too late because their plans have already been delayed.

Multiple cars were covered in snow and stuck along ditches on Interstate 74.

Some even completely turned over due to Thursday's Blizzard.

Although many of the roads have been cleared now, State Police say drivers still need to be aware of the dangers driving home for the holidays.

"When the sun goes down this evening there will probably be some more drifting and some more random slick spots so even if the road appears dry, still use caution and slow down because you don't know when your going to come up on an icy spot and then when they hit their breaks that's when they have an issue," said Illinois State Trooper, Dustin Pierce.

Many will be making the drive throughout the Midwest, Including Diane Ludy who's on her way to Chicago to pick up her daughter from the airport for Christmas.

"I'm a little worried about the North and South roads but the roads looked clear this morning when I checked the weather so I'm confident," said Ludy.

State Police say they received about forty calls for accidents following the storm.

Six of them were crashes due to the icy and slushy roads.

Those deciding not to drive this holiday season, experienced some delays at Peoria's International Airport. But airport officials said mostly all of the flights are back on track.

For some traveling by plane, they have already been delayed several times due to the blizzard, making it a difficult process to see their family.

"I had plenty of trouble getting here I was supposed to fly out Wednesday. My flights got canceled then. It got canceled yesterday so I flew here to Peoria today. And I'll be here another day waiting for my family to come pick me up because the roads are so bad in Iowa. I've never traveled during the holiday season and this is kind of a nightmare," said traveler, Aubriann Turnage.

With the passing of the storm and the most of the roads cleared off, hopefully everyone's holiday travel will go a little smoother from here on out.

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