Holiday travelers could be detoured by more snow

By WEEK Producer

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Getting where you're going this weekend could be tricky.

A winter storm is bearing down on central Illinois, just in time for the start of a peak holiday travel period.

"When motorists are taking off for the weekend they need to plan ahead," said Trooper Dustin Pierce of the Illinois State Police. "Check the roads, not only in this area and in Illinois, but check their destinations where they're going."

They can do that on-line.

The Illinois Department of Transportation provides updated road conditions at www.gettingaroundpeoria.com and www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

"You can see interstate conditions throughout the state," explained IDOT spokesman Brian Williamsen, "and you can also call us at 800-452-IDOT."

At the IDOT Communications Center in downtown Peoria technicians monitor road conditions 'round the clock.

More snow on the way means there will also be extra traffic in the form of snow plows.

"We'd like to make sure people know that you're supposed to give them plenty of room," said Williamsen. "Stay back from them. Don't pass the plows, just let them do what they're supposed to do and they're going to get the roads clear for you."

But clear roads are no guarantee smooth sailing at the airport. Weather elsewhere can delay incoming flights. That's why Peoria's director of airports encourages passengers to sign up for the automatic notifications offered by their carrier.

"Some offer text messaging, some offer e-mail," said Gene Olson. "You want to sign up for those because then if there is a problem on your flight you'll get notified."

Or if you prefer to call, Olson suggests contacting the airline and not the airport.