(Top) The wind caused severe drifting from Friday afternoon, Jan. 24 through Monday, Jan. 27 in Northwest Illinois. North-south roads like Rt. 78 near Ideal Rd. were affected Saturday morning.
(Rt) Shifting winds and open fields created near white-out conditions Friday afternoon as well, such as on this portion of Rt. 40 between Mount Carroll and Chadwick.
Open fields, high winds, and tons of snow are a dangerous combination, making it difficult for state, county and township snow plows to keep the roads clear, especially the secondary county roads. Extreme caution is recommended if you must travel.
(PA photos/Tom Kocal)
This citizen snow plow driver helped the cause in Lanark Monday morning, Jan. 27, hitting a drift on West Lanark Ave. while on his way to clearing other private driveways. (PA photo/Tom Kocal)
The Lanark Fire Dept. recruited snowmobile help Sunday night, Jan. 26, on guard for any distressed motorists that needed assistance. Lanark Police were posted at each entrance of town, urging people not to leave because of zero visibility due to 30-40 mph winds blowing and drifting snow across the roadways. (PA photo/A. Williamson)