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Sheriff’s office urges drivers to suspend non-emergency trips

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 7:23 p.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 11:43 p.m. CST

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s department has announced that because of the severe weather that has hit the area, many roads could be impassable.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for Sunday evening and Monday morning, warning that winds of more than 30 miles per hour will make blowing snow dangerous across the area. Visibilities will be greatly reduced, especially on rural roads. Wind chills of between 30 and 50 degrees below zero could be life-threatening.

The wind chill alert is in effect until midnight Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office urges people to suspend all non-emergency travel plans until the weather system passes and roads can re-open.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will continue to work on state routes as best as possible, under the circumstances. The Whiteside County Highway Department suspended its operations after dark Sunday.

The following townships have released their short-term plans for road operations:

Will try to keep up with all roadways: Albany, Fulton, Hume, Mount Pleasant, Newton, Sterling

Will try to keep up with main roadways: Coloma, Prophetstown

Cease at dark: Clyde, Erie, Fenton, Garden Plain, Genesee, Hahnaman, Hopkins, Jordan, Lyndon, Newton, Tampico, Union Grove, Ustick

NA: Montmorency, Portland 

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