Illinois Road Conditions
December 12, 2010 by USA Post
Rough road conditions and blowing snow caused cars to slide into ditches to avoid the accident.
According to police, Abul several were called to the scene, but one person was treated for minor injuries.
In 13 hours, the authorities are still pulling the cars on the ditches in the west and eastbound lanes.
State police warning to stand out from the region.
(AP) – Much of the Midwest braced for frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall on Sunday as the National Weather Service warned of blizzard conditions cons covering parts of eight states.
The storm was moving east, a day after he dumped 20 inches of snow in some parts of the region, forcing the closure of many roads and even a delay of one day playing football when the NFL New York Giants were unable to travel to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Vikings.
A blizzard warning was in effect Sunday in Chicago and much of northern Illinois, all of Iowa, much of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, and small areas in North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the rest of the region was under a winter storm warning or watch freeze. Wisconsin officials issued a statewide non-travel advisory on Saturday, quoting blizzard and winter storm warnings in almost all counties.
The weather was an unexpected burden for a Minnesota man who had promised to go camping on the roof of a coffee to help her daughter’s school to raise funds.
General Hospital Robert Stevens donned four layers of long underwear, heavy boots and a down coat before embarking on his quest Friday night. He promised not to descend until it was raised to 100,000, but after reaching the halfway mark on Saturday morning, he said he hoped the rest of the money would come quickly. He did not wait to spend another night in the blizzard.
“I think I crossed the line into madness,” he said.
Stevens slept in a tent among the hay bales, wrapped in a sleeping bag with double insulation listening to the wind whipping off Lake Minnetonka one block.
There was lively lunch crowd Saturday in the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. Dennis Collette, there is a baker, was back inside after she and her colleagues spent 20 minutes of futile attempt to free his car parked in a snowdrift. Dennis still hoped to find a way to return home in the suburb of Roseville, about 12 miles – but it was also prepared to stay put.
The coffee had no beds, Dennis said, “but we have several bags of flour I could not sleep. And I guess at least I will not starve.”
Temperatures sinking were considered even more treacherous than snow in some places. North Dakota had a wind chill of 20 degrees below zero Saturday; Arctic air was expected to drop temperatures below freezing Sunday evening in the Dakota and parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Eastern Region Oakdale Minnesota got 20 inches of snow Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm was moving eastward, where he dumped about a foot of snow in Chippewa County in northwestern Wisconsin and had to drop 20 to 24 inches by Sunday morning in the Water region clear.
Lisa McGrath was shoveling his front walk in south Minneapolis, but she knew she probably had to do it again in a few hours.
“Its good exercise – the exercise I’m going to do today,” McGrath said she raised the shovel. The State Patrol reported 76 accidents were reported statewide, but with no deaths or serious injury, and there were 319 reports of vehicles sliding on the roads.
“The areas most affected are almost impassable,” said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. “So we do not expect these figures to raise much.”
The weather also postponed to Monday, an NFL football game that was scheduled for Sunday between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. The Giants were trapped Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo., after their flight was diverted to the airport there closed in the Twin Cities because of the snowstorm.
Associated Press writer Dirk Lammers in Sioux Falls, SD, and Jeff Baenen in Plymouth, Minn., contributed to this report.
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