Illinois State Police are reminding residents in Will, Grundy and Kendall counties to take precautions if they have to head out onto the roads.
Early Wednesday, ISP issued an alert saying I-55, I-80 and I-57 "are snow covered and extremely hazardous."
Many secondary roads are also snow covered with patches of black ice, police said. Route 45 in Manhattan was also down to one lane early Wednesday.
State police also warned residents that high winds, whiteout conditions and deteriorating road conditions are likely.
encouraged to allow for extra travel time in order to reach their
destination safely, police said in a press release. "Motorists are also
reminded to bring a charged cell phone, car charger, food,
water, warm clothing, and blankets should they become stranded for a long
period of time. Our troopers and emergency crews will be working around the clock
to divert tragedies and keep our motorists safe. Icy roadways
and drifting snow conditions may disrupt travel, so we are asking that you do
your part, drive at a safe speed, and wear your seat belts."