Multiple crashes and landslides were reported in the Chicago area and northwestern Indiana Saturday night as freezing drizzle combined with cold temperatures led to treacherous travel conditions.
Just before 4 p.m., the National Weather Service in Chicago tweeted that accidents were increasing throughout the area, urging people to say off the roads if possible.
With dangerous travel conditions expected to continue, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lake, McHenry and Will counties in Illinois. as well as Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, and Porter Counties in northwestern Indiana.
With freezing temperatures, the drizzle is expected to create icy conditions, particularly on sidewalks, parking lots, bridges, overpasses and back roads.
Sergeant. Glen Fifield, public information officer for the Lowell Post of the Indiana State Police, tweeted that both Interstate 65 and Interstate 80 were “full of crashes,” pleading with motorists to slow down.
“Cars are reportedly colliding like ‘ping-pong balls’ at accident scenes,” he said. “Once a vehicle crashes, it results in secondary collisions in the same place.”