Central Illinois could see first snowfall of the season this weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
It’s just three days until Christmas, which means extra traffic on the road.
However, that’s not the only challenge drivers could encounter this weekend.
There’s also the potential for the first snowfall of the season.
Now, officials are urging drivers to be extra cautious.
"Usually the first snowfall people forget they need to slow down and give themselves some extra space, so we'll have some additional traffic crashes typically on the first snow," said Sergeant Kris Rhodes, with the Springfield Police Department.
The City of Springfield wants to avoid any incidents, so they're working overtime to make sure roads are safe this weekend.
"What we'll do is there will be constant communication back and forth depending on how things transpire and if we need to call crews in we'll address it. We have trucks ready to go, they're loaded and prepared," explained Mark Mahoney, with the City of Springfield’s Public Works Department.
Springfield's Public Works Department plans year round. They do dry runs months before winter to ensure crews know how to respond quickly.
“We try to do some pretreatment to get some salt down so if there is some accumulation the traction really creates a bond with the road,” said Mahoney.
Crews are on standby 24/7, ready to hit the roads at any time.
“We always hope we get through the holidays because it's tough on our guys that have families and they have to come in on Christmas Eve and Christmas day."
IDOT said they also have crews on standby this weekend.