Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana Face Second Day of Disruptive Icy Conditions

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Chicago, IL – For the second consecutive day, treacherous icy conditions are wreaking havoc on travel plans for residents across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Route 17 near the Indiana border remains closed due to multiple vehicles sliding off the roadway, signaling the widespread travel risks.

According to the National Weather Service, a stubborn band of freezing rain has left many roads, especially those untreated, dangerously slick. Local authorities have responded with a series of safety measures, including delayed openings for public buildings and schools transitioning to remote learning. The icy grip has tightened from south of Interstate 88 to the Wisconsin state line, with the Chicago area deeply affected.

School closures and delayed government services mark the region’s response to the ice, which the National Weather Service warns will persist through the morning. Illinois State University announced a delayed opening to allow for thorough road and walkway treatment, while the Newton County Sheriff’s Office reported slick primary roadways and urged drivers to reduce speed.

Commuters are advised to stay informed of road conditions, allow extra travel time, and prioritize safety in these persistently icy conditions.

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