Tri-State area drivers dealing with hazardous conditions
The latest winter storm is here with hazardous road conditions being reported throughout the Tri-State area.
Missouri Department of Transportation spokesperson Marissa Ellison says road conditions throughout northeast Missouri are "awful." She says there whiteout conditions in many areas.
"We currently have a 'no travel advisory' out and it needs to be taken seriously," Ellison said. "Not only are the road conditions bad, but you can't anything."
Ellison says road crews are mostly focusing on highly-traveled highways and will be out working on roads around the clock.
Officials with the Marion County Road Department say the cold weather and ice has presented some challenges when clearing county roads. Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said one major concern is vehicles breaking down as well as the workers.
"You know we need to get them rested and not only out there working but with the snow storms coming right after another, we need to make sure our crews are up to speed and feeling alright too. So that's the biggest concern I worry about right now is making sure our crews are doing their job safely and being rested too," Bode said.
Bode said the county is responsible for clearing 460 miles of road.
Illinois State Police Trooper Mike Kindhart says road conditions throughout District 20 are also in terrible shape.
"We're concerned about the afternoon and evening commutes," Kindhart said. "A lot of people will be trying to get home, and that will make it much worse."
Kindhart says as of 2:15 p.m., ISP responded to two car wrecks and 6 vehicle pull-outs.
Illinois Department of Transportation spokesperson Paris Ervin says full crews are working on clearing roadways. She says 14 trucks are running in Adams County with 14 are operating in Pike County.
Ervin says crews were seeing an average of four inches of snow as of 4 p.m.
The entire Tri-States viewing area is under a Winter Storm Warning, with anywhere between six to 10 inches of snow expected, with isolated spots seeing a little more by the time the snowfall ends Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.