Officials urge caution on snowy roads

By WEEK Producer

Officials urge caution on snowy roads

February 21, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:11 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Illinois State Police are asking you to use caution as you travel in and around Central Illinois Thursday night and Friday morning.

Snow Plows will continue to maintain roads as the snow falls throughout Thursday night.

Illinois State Police say road conditions are continuing to deteriorate and ask that residents stay home if they do not need to travel.

Peoria City crews will continue to work on primary roads overnight Thursday. They expect the morning commute to be messy and slick.

As you head out, plan ahead and be sure to allow plenty of extra time.

"Make sure you have at least a half tank of gas or more," said State Trooper Dustin Pierce. "So if you find yourself in an emergency situation that you have heat. If you find yourself in the ditch, always check your tailpipe. Make sure it is not plugged up so carbon monoxide is not getting up into your car and crack windows so you have some fresh air. Stay with the car and call 911."

"It is going to be a difficult time, that morning rush," said City of Peoria Streets Manager David Haste. "We really want motorists to be careful out there and slow down. Don't take any chances."

City crews said expect to move to residential streets in the morning so they will not be competing with the morning rush.

For real time updates on Peoria Area road conditions visit www.gettingaroundpeoria.com.

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