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Wet Pattern Continues From the Northwest To Rockies; Major Storm System To Develop On Thursday Across Southern Plains

A vigorous system will slide from the Northwest to the Rockies on Wednesday to keep intact the wet pattern across the extended region. Heavy to excessive rain, intense mountain snow and high winds are possible before the next system arrives on Friday. The same system will evolve into a major storm on Thursday across the southern Plains for a widespread rain event for the South and East. Read More >

Winter Weather Safety

Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois : November 11-17, 2018

"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.  -- Ben Franklin 



Winter Travel Tips

  • Make sure your car is in good operating
    condition before using it in extreme cold.

  • Keep condensation (water) out of your
    gas tank by keeping the tank as full as possible.

  • Maintain a storm kit in your car with such
    items as a cell phone and charger; blankets;
    extra clothing; jumper cables; a flashlight;
    extra batteries; high-calorie, non-perishable
    food; and matches or a lighter.

  • Plan your trip carefully. If cold, snowy, or
    icy conditions exceed your ability or your
    car's ability, don't travel. If you must travel
    be cautious.

  • Tell someone about your travel plans.

  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle
    parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed
    space, such as a garage.






Road condition legend


Road conditions are collected by state Departments of Transportation. Detailed information can be obtained through the following phone numbers and web pages.

     - DOT road report: Graphical, Text

     - DOT road report

     - 511 (within Iowa)
     - DOT road report

     - 511 (within Kentucky)
     - DOT road report

     - DOT road report

     - 511 (within Wisconsin)
     - DOT road report


Winter Weather Safety tips

  • Make sure your home Emergency Kit is stocked and winter storm ready          

  • Use sand to improve traction and apply products that melt ice on

  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources
    may be cut off

  • Keep emergency heating equipment and fuel so you can keep at
    least one room of your house warm enough to be livable

  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows
    how to use them.

  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply. Insulate
    walls, attics, doors, and windows.

  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.

  • Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time.





Cold Weather Safety tips

  • Frostbite is a severe reaction to cold exposure of the skin that
    can permanently damage your extremities. Slowly warm the
    affected areas and seek medical help as soon as possible.          

  • Hypothermia (low body temperature less
    than 95 degrees)
    is a life-threatening
    condition! Seek medical attention
    immediately! Get into dry clothing, warm
    the body core first and give the victim
    warm fluids - not hot beverages or alcohol.

  • Avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow or walking in
    deep snow. The strain from the cold could cause a heart attack 
    at any age.

  • Loose fitting, warm clothing worn in layers will insulate better
    and keep you warmer

  • Keep your feet and hands as dry as possible, and wear a hat








Average Annual Snowfall (Jan. - Dec.) Average Winter Snowfall (Dec-Jan-Feb)
Average Winter Liquid Precipitation (Rain & Melted Snow) Average Annual Number of
Days with Ice
(Freezing Rain)
Average Winter High Temperatures Average Winter Low Temperatures