Despite improvements in weather and road conditions, the state Department of Transportation is still encouraging people to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.
IDOT says many roads are still snow-covered and slick… and the agency says many drivers are traveling too fast for those conditions. Although temperatures are now above zero, it remains very cold outside… reducing the effectiveness of the salt being applied to roadways.
Sangamon County has scaled back its winter weather emergency designation, lowering it back to Level 1. That simply serves as a reminder to motorists that road conditions may still be less than favorable and drivers should use caution.
The designation had been at Level 2 for the past couple of days… urging drivers to stay off of county highways if at all possible. The county says rising temperatures and diminishing winds are leading to steady improvements in road conditions.