Quincy declares snow emergency
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Forecasters now calling for up to 10 inches of the white stuff
Quincy Mayor John Spring has declared a snow emergency.
The goal is to keep all streets passable during the snowstorm and within twelve hours after the storm passes have all streets plowed curb to curb and salted as needed. If the storm amounts to three inches or more, the city may declare a snow emergency. The snow emergency requires all vehicles to be removed from the designated snow routes, which are marked with signage. No vehicles will be allowed to park on these designated routes until the snow emergency has been lifted.
Road conditions are terrible, and officials are warning drivers to stay off the road.
Quincy Director of Central Services Marty Stegeman says the roads are very slick and snow packed.
"Snow is coming down fast, It's getting ahead of our crews. We're out with a dozen trucks working it as hard as we can."
Stegeman adds for people to try and limit their travel as much as possible.
"If they can stay home, I'd recommend they stay home. Stay off the roads if at all possible. Tonight, if at all possible, we ask that residents do not park on the sides of the streets so we can clean curb to curb."
From the Illinois State Police:
I-172 and 72 are at a stand still in multiple places. Ill. 96 at rileys curve traffic- cant get up the hill.
Il 107/US 54 at I-72 jacknifed semi has traffic stopped all directions and IL 57 is almost impassable due to drifting snow.
"Snow has come heavy and quick," said Trooper Mike Kindhart. "Roadways are snow packed and some are barely passable. Stalled cars and trucks have caused numerous traffic back-ups."
Kindhart says motorists should use headlights to be seen at a distance as visibility is at a possible tenth of mile in places.Wipers cannot keep up right now and keeping windows clean is a problem.
In Missouri, U.S. 61 was closed south of Palmyra due to an accident.