Winter Weather Information (98-99), Illinois State Water Survey

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Winter Weather Information (98-99)
Central Illinois and the rest of the Midwest have experienced quite a different winter this year. Frigid arctic air in this area has caused below average temperatures and above average precipitation according to The Weather Channel and other sources. These weather patterns contribute to the record low temperatures and large amounts of snow which we have received. Driving conditions have ultimately suffered from this weather environment, and checking on road conditions before traveling is recommended.

Being prepared for winter driving circumstances could save you time and money, and maybe even your life. The links below provide information that help you deal with winter conditions.

Sources of Information
Current Weather Conditions:
     The Interactive Weather Network - National Weather Service.  This site contains notices of active weather warnings for each state in the U.S. You can click on a state to see more detail. Your screen will update itself every 60 seconds with new information, and the site contains hourly weather reports, short-term forecasts and more.
     USA Weather - Intellicast.  This site gives weather forecasts by state and by city. The format is both graphical and text-based, so users with slower connections might want to drop in here. This is a good place for a quick look at the weather.
     The Weather Channel  The Weather Channel contains weather information for the entire U.S. They also contain information on El Niño and La Niña.

Current Road Conditions:
     State-wide: Winter Road Conditions - Illinois Department of Transportation.  IDOT provides winter road information at this site that is updated every hour or so. Primarily, they report the winter road condition of highways in Illinois. The highways are ranked as "Clear of snow and ice," "Patchy," or "Snow or Ice Covered." If you are having trouble deciding whether to travel in Illinois or not, this site may help.
     Chicago area: Highway Congestion & Construction - Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee Priority Corridor partners.  At this site, reports on Chicago-area traffic congestion are displayed. This is not a direct report on winter conditions, but if roads are snow-packed congestion could be bad. This site is useful, because its information is updated every few minutes or so.
Hint: Click on the map edges to see more than just the Central Chicagoland area.
     Phone Numbers: Illinois State Police The phone numbers for all State Police Precincts are listed here. Also listed is the IDOT Hot Line 1-800 number.

Before you Travel  
Other Winter-Preparedness Links and Information Sources:
     Winter Storms in Illinois - Illinois State Climatologist's Office. How to prepare for winter storms, winter storm facts and a glossary of winter storm terms are among the resources available here. There is also information on El Niño, Climate Data, and much more.
     Operation Ice Pack - Various State of Illinois Organizations. A wealth of information on the latest winter weather in Illinois, including a section on The Blizzard of '99.
     El Niño and the Midwest - Illinois State Climatologist's Office. Background information on El Niño is the topic here. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel gives you the low-down on "the boy child" and explains some of the resultant weather patterns we can look forward to. Follow the link to learn more.

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