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National Weather Service Recognizes Illinois Tollway as "StormReady" to Respond to Severe Weather

Program recognizes public and private institutions prepared to handle extreme weather events

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway was recognized today by the National Weather Service as “StormReady” for being well-prepared to respond quickly and effectively to dangerous weather conditions on any of the five roadways that make up the 294-mile Tollway system in Northern Illinois. 
 
“The Illinois Tollway has demonstrated it has the resources and capabilities to save lives and protect property before, during and after extreme weather events,” Mike Bardou, warning coordination meteorologist, Chicago National Weather Service, said in a formal presentation today at Tollway headquarters in Downers Grove. “Being recognized as StormReady, means the Tollway is prepared to manage extreme weather events through advanced planning, effective communication and situational awareness.” 
 
The StormReady program was developed by the National Weather Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and provides weather, water and climate data, as well as forecasts, warnings and impact-based decision support services for the protection of life and property. 
 
The StormReady program helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local safety programs by providing clear-cut guidelines on how to improve hazardous weather operations, providing opportunities for the Tollway to work in collaboration with the National Weather Service to promote public safety during extreme weather events. 
 
“The Illinois Tollway is ready at any given moment to respond to any type of extreme weather to keep customers safe on our roadways,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse. “Safety is a top priority for the Tollway and we have developed comprehensive, proactive plans and procedures to anticipate, communicate and respond to hazardous weather conditions.” 
 
The Illinois Tollway has a well-established track record of being prepared for extreme weather. 
 
Each winter, the Tollway deploys its fleet of 196 snowplows, employs more than 200 staff and supervisors working around the clock and stockpiles tons of salt and other roadway materials to ensure its more than 1.5 million daily drivers can safely reach their destinations. The Tollway also deploys around-the-clock Zero Weather Road Patrols to quickly locate and assist customers who become stranded on the Tollway system whenever temperatures or sustained wind chills fall below zero degrees. 
 
In the summer months, the Tollway deploys 24-hour Hot Weather Patrols whenever temperatures or heat indexes rise to hazardous extremes. And, in June 2022, Tollway staff helped respond to a very large and destructive tornado that damaged 225 homes and injured at least eight people in Naperville and Woodridge. 
 
As part of a review process, local representatives of the National Weather Service and several emergency management agencies toured the Tollway’s Traffic Operations Center and Dispatch Center and met with Tollway staff to discuss the ways in which the agency meets the qualifications to be certified StormReady. The Tollway meets the criteria through its comprehensive planning and preparation, including:
The Illinois Tollway is one of only three toll agencies nationwide that’s recognized by the National Weather Service among the nearly 3,200 StormReady sites throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Pacific Islands. In Illinois, there are more than 150 sites recognized as StormReady, including 36 counties, 90 communities, 19 universities and colleges, seven commercial and two government agencies – the Illinois Tollway and Argonne National Laboratory. StormReady certification must be renewed every four years. 
1/26/2023 11:10 AM (Updated 1/26/2023 11:33 AM)
Indiana - Special Weather Statement

Counties: Adams; Allen; Blackford; Cass; De Kalb; Fulton; Grant; Huntington; Jay; Marshall; Miami; Noble; Northern Kosciusko; Pulaski; Southern Kosciusko; Starke; Wabash; Wells; White; Whitley

...Wintry Mix of Light Snow and Patchy Light Freezing Drizzle This
Morning....
Light precipitation in the form of light snow and patchy light
freezing drizzle is expected to continue early this morning.
While precipitation amounts are expected to be light, the
combination of a dusting of snow accumulation and the potential of
some patchy light freezing drizzle could result in some slick
spots on roadways this morning as temperatures remain in the mid
to upper 20s. The wintry mix is expected to diminish from west to
east after daybreak.
1/30/2023 5:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Edwards; Franklin; Gallatin; Hamilton; Hardin; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson; Perry; Saline; Union; Wabash; Wayne; White; Williamson

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations of a
light glaze up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana,
western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Monday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible, especially
on bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks. The hazardous conditions
could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Kentucky - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Ballard; Carlisle; Crittenden; Livingston; McCracken; Webster

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, freezing drizzle.
Additional ice accumulations of a light glaze. For the second
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
sleet/snow accumulations of up to a half inch and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and
southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST
this morning. For the second Winter Weather Advisory, from 3
PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as roadways
turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Kentucky - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Ballard; Carlisle; Crittenden; Livingston; McCracken; Webster

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, freezing drizzle.
Additional ice accumulations of a light glaze. For the second
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
sleet/snow accumulations of up to a half inch and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and
southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST
this morning. For the second Winter Weather Advisory, from 3
PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as roadways
turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Missouri - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Butler; Carter; Mississippi; New Madrid; Ripley; Scott; Stoddard

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, freezing drizzle.
Additional ice accumulations of a light glaze. For the second
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
sleet/snow accumulations of up to a half inch and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and
southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST
this morning. For the second Winter Weather Advisory, from 3
PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as roadways
turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Alexander; Massac; Pope; Pulaski

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, freezing drizzle.
Additional ice accumulations of a light glaze. For the second
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
sleet/snow accumulations of up to a half inch and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and
southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST
this morning. For the second Winter Weather Advisory, from 3
PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as roadways
turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Indiana - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Gibson; Pike; Posey; Vanderburgh; Warrick

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations of a
light glaze up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana,
western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Monday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible, especially
on bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks. The hazardous conditions
could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Kentucky - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Caldwell; Calloway; Christian; Daviess; Fulton; Graves; Hickman; Hopkins; Lyon; Marshall; McLean; Muhlenberg; Todd; Trigg

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of
up to a half inch and ice accumulations of up to two tenths of
an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of western Kentucky.
* WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as
roadways turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Alexander; Massac; Pope; Pulaski

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, freezing drizzle.
Additional ice accumulations of a light glaze. For the second
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
sleet/snow accumulations of up to a half inch and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and
southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST
this morning. For the second Winter Weather Advisory, from 3
PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as roadways
turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Kentucky - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Henderson; Union

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations of a
light glaze up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana,
western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Monday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible, especially
on bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks. The hazardous conditions
could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Missouri - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Butler; Carter; Mississippi; New Madrid; Ripley; Scott; Stoddard

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 AM CST TUESDAY...
* WHAT...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, freezing drizzle.
Additional ice accumulations of a light glaze. For the second
Winter Weather Advisory, mixed precipitation expected. Total
sleet/snow accumulations of up to a half inch and ice
accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and
southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...For the first Winter Weather Advisory, until 9 AM CST
this morning. For the second Winter Weather Advisory, from 3
PM this afternoon to 9 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible as roadways
turn icy.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start off as sleet/snow
on the onset Monday evening before transitioning to mainly
freezing rain through early Tuesday morning.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Missouri - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Bollinger; Cape Girardeau; Perry; Wayne

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations of a
light glaze up to one tenth of an inch.
* WHERE...Portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana,
western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Monday.
* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible, especially
on bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks. The hazardous conditions
could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:33 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Indiana - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Benton; Jasper; Lake; Newton; Porter

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle mixed at times with light snow.
Additional snow accumulations of a coating possible and ice
accumulations of a light glaze.
* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, north central and
northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.
* WHEN...Until 8 AM CST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning commute.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Untreated roads and walkways will be ice
covered making walking and driving potentially hazardous early
this morning.
1/30/2023 3:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Greene

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST EARLY THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle and sleet. Additional ice accumulations
around a light glaze and a coating of sleet.
* WHERE...Greene IL County.
* WHEN...Until 6 AM CST early this morning.
* IMPACTS...Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible.
The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Eastern Will; Ford; Grundy; Iroquois; Kankakee; Kendall; La Salle; Livingston; Northern Will; Southern Cook; Southern Will

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle mixed at times with light snow.
Additional snow accumulations of a coating possible and ice
accumulations of a light glaze.
* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, north central and
northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.
* WHEN...Until 8 AM CST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning commute.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Untreated roads and walkways will be ice
covered making walking and driving potentially hazardous early
this morning.
1/30/2023 3:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Missouri - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Cole; Crawford; Franklin; Gasconade; Iron; Jefferson; Lincoln; Madison; Montgomery; Osage; Reynolds; St. Charles; St. Francois; St. Louis; St. Louis City; Ste. Genevieve; Warren; Washington

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle and sleet. Additional ice accumulations
around a light glaze and a coating of sleet.
* WHERE...Portions of south central and southwest Illinois. Portions
of central, east central, and southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible.
The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Bond; Calhoun; Clinton; Fayette; Jersey; Macoupin; Madison; Marion; Monroe; Montgomery; Randolph; St. Clair; Washington

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Freezing drizzle and sleet. Additional ice accumulations
around a light glaze and a coating of sleet.
* WHERE...Portions of south central and southwest Illinois. Portions
of central, east central, and southeast Missouri.
* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible.
The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute.
1/30/2023 3:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Indiana - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Bartholomew; Boone; Brown; Carroll; Clay; Clinton; Daviess; Decatur; Fountain; Greene; Hamilton; Hancock; Hendricks; Howard; Jackson; Jennings; Johnson; Knox; Lawrence; Marion; Martin; Monroe; Montgomery; Morgan; Owen; Parke; Putnam; Rush; Shelby; Sullivan; Tippecanoe; Tipton; Vermillion; Vigo; Warren

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY...
* WHAT...Freezing Drizzle perhaps mixed with snow will be expected
this morning. Total snow accumulations of less than one inch and
ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. This may result
in a thin layer of ice on untreated roads and surfaces.
* WHERE...Portions of central, north central, south central,
southeast, southwest and west central Indiana.
* WHEN...Until noon EST today.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning commute.
1/30/2023 2:03 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Marshall; Mason; McLean; Peoria; Tazewell; Woodford

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of
up to one half inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze.
* WHERE...Portions of central Illinois.
* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning commute.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.
1/30/2023 12:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory

Counties: Cass; Champaign; Christian; Clark; Clay; Coles; Crawford; Cumberland; De Witt; Douglas; Edgar; Effingham; Jasper; Lawrence; Logan; Macon; Menard; Morgan; Moultrie; Piatt; Richland; Sangamon; Scott; Shelby; Vermilion

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS
MORNING...
* WHAT...Mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of
up to one half inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze.
* WHERE...Portions of central, east central, southeast and west
central Illinois.
* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning commute.
1/30/2023 12:18 AM (Updated 1/30/2023 5:18 AM)

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