Sheriff's office: 'If you must travel today, please plan ahead'

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 7:07 a.m. CDT

The following is an update from the Kane County Sheriff's Office, communicated at 5:21 a.m. Monday:

Roads in Kane County are still pretty drifted over. Those that are clear are ice covered if you must travel today, please plan ahead and take extra precautions and plan on being stuck.  

Below, is weather story, last updated at 3:27 p.m. Sunday:

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday, with snow continuing to fall and a total accumulation of as much as 10 inches expected. Also, the National Weather Service warns of brisk winds up to 30 mph that will result in "considerable blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility."

At the time the winter storm warning expires, a wind chill warning will go into effect. The warning states that "a prolonged period of wind chills lower than 30 below is expected." That warning is in effect until noon Tuesday.

Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff's Department, issued a news release urging people to stay off the roads on Saturday night because of dangerous conditions. On Sunday, Gengler said the situation remains dangerous.

"Now the concern is the extreme cold mixed with the drifting (snow on the) roads," Gengler said. "Before, if someone got stuck, it was more of a dangerous situation to get them out. Now, it could be life-threatening, due to the cold."

At 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Gengler issued a news release stating that road conditions in western Kane County were "deteriorating rapidly." And at 2:05 p.m., he issued a release stating that Route 38 was closed between Elburn and Maple Park because of drifting snow.

"The higher winds are starting to cause roads to drift over and become impassable," Gengler said. "We have reports of groups of cars off the road and disabled on Route 38 west of Elburn and Route 30 near Big Rock."

Gengler added that "roadways in the cities may be passable, but the roads in the western part of the county may not be. Once these roads drift over and become impassable, emergency crews will have a very difficult time getting to the motorists, and then need plows and tows to help clear the roads."

The Illinois Department of Transportation issued a statement warning motorists about dangerous road conditions on state routes.

"Motorists are urged to only travel if necessary as conditions worsen and snow continues to fall throughout the state," the news release stated. "Currently, the majority of Illinois roads are snow- and ice-covered."

The forecast calls for extreme cold, beginning tonight, with a forecast low of 20 below zero, with a wind chill as low as 45 below zero. On Monday, the forecast high is 16 below zero, with wind chills as low as 48. Monday night, the low is 19 below zero.

On Tuesday, the forecast high i s 1 below zero, with a low of 5 below zero. Temperatures are forecast to emerge above zero on Wednesday, with a high near 17, but also a 30 percent chance of snow.

By Saturday, temperatures are forecast to be above freezing, with a high of 34 predicted.

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