Weather makes travel treacherous in western Kane County

Sheriff's official reports drifts 'as high as a car'

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 7:27 a.m. CDT
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Crews work the scene of a rollover crash Monday on Randall Road in St. Charles.

Roads in Kane County remained slick with ice and covered with drifting snow Monday, prompting authorities to urge people to stay home if possible.

The weather appeared to impact rural, western Kane County more than the cities. St. Charles, for example, had no significant traffic incidents to report, Interim Police Chief Steve Huffman said.

Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesperson for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, said blowing snow continued to limit visibility Monday on such roads as Route 47.

“It was pretty close to blizzard-like,” Gengler said, noting some roads were down to one lane.

He expected problems for Monday evening because many north-south roads were affected by drifting snow. He singled out Route 47 north of Route 64 as especially problematic.

“Parts of Route 47 in this stretch have drifts across the southbound lane of traffic that are as high as a car,” Gengler said in an email.

“In the daylight, it is easier to deal with the conditions, but once nightfall occurs ... travel will be more difficult.”

By Monday, the sheriff’s office was receiving isolated reports of stuck motorists, Gengler said. Over the weekend, he said, the problem was more widespread, with upwards of 20 vehicles stuck in random spots on Route 38 between Elburn and Maple Park.

“The plows just couldn’t keep up,” Gengler said.

The Campton Hills Police Department also got a lot of calls to help motorists who had driven off the road, Chief Dan Hoffman said.

“I’m very surprised we haven’t had any accidents,” he said Monday afternoon. “People are just taking caution.”

Sheriff’s deputies responded to one-car crashes on Randall Road north of Crane Road in St. Charles Township and at Fabyan Parkway and Kaneville Road near Geneva on Monday morning.

Gengler said deputies were too busy to provide details about the individual crashes but said they weren’t serious. In the Randall Road incident, he said, the motorist lost control on a slick portion of the road, crossed the center line and flipped once the vehicle hit snow.

Hoffman expects travel will remain hazardous until midweek.

“This is going to be like this probably through Wednesday because the salt’s not melting the ice,” he said. “It’s dangerous.”

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