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County Highway Department urges caution in blizzard conditions

Cook County Highway Department Maintenance Supervisor Josh Dix would like to remind everyone of the National Weather Service blizzard warning guidance. Dix stresses that travel should be restricted to emergency travel only.

Dix said, “Visibility is getting quite poor as we settle into the evening.”

Dix also reminds the public that the Cook County Highway is not staffed for round-the-clock service. He said snowplows will be pulled off the road as the conditions deteriorate tonight. Motorists should expect worsening road conditions as the night goes on, until the plows are back on the road again in the early morning.

In the latest update at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, the National Weather Service predicts additional snow accumulations of 7-11 inches.
The National Weather Service adds that travel will be difficult as patchy, blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph are expected.

Blizzard conditions are expected to last until 6 a.m. on Monday.