Sheriff warns against travel Saturday night in Kane County

Based on the National Weather Service's forecast, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez is advising people to stay home Saturday night because road conditions could be hazardous.

Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesperson for the Kane County Sheriff's Office, said in an email that authorities on Friday night responded to multiple reports of roads covered with drifting snow. Some roads were impassable, he said, and several vehicles got stuck.

"Should conditions be similar or worse tonight, people becoming stuck will need to be prepared to be in their vehicles for an extended period of time before help arrives," Gengler said.

"City streets may be in good shape, but as people travel into the western part of the county they should not expect to see similar conditions."

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Sunday for several counties, including Kane and DeKalb. Heavy snow is expected.

"The potential for periods of heavy snow tonight into Sunday could result in 5 to 10 inches of new snow accumulation," the warning states.

"Periods of heavy snow … along with brisk northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph could result in blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility."

A lack of lighting in western Kane County makes travel especially hazardous in these conditions, Gengler said.

"There are no street lights, and people literally lose sight of the roadway due to the snow and lack of lights," he said. "Snow by itself is tough, but blowing in the western townships make it a very difficult situation to manage."

Road conditions Saturday morning improved once the plows were able to get through, Gengler said.

Gengler plans to post any urgent information on the Kane County Sheriff's Office's Facebook (www.facebook.com/kanesheriff) and Twitter (@KaneCoSHeriff) accounts Saturday night.

"Sheriff Perez is asking that people to take this weather warning seriously and to stay home tonight," he said.