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Snowfall makes roadways slick in Joliet

Officials temporarily close bridges because of weather

Monday’s snowfall caused slick driving conditions in the Joliet area and problems for motorists.

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said officers handled a number of small traffic incidents throughout the city, although nothing major through the morning hours.

Botzum said there wasn’t any one particularly bad stretch of roadway and that the crashes occurred throughout the city.

“They’re everywhere,” he said.

Botzum cautioned drivers to slow down and drive safely through the snowy weather.

The precipitation temporarily shut two Joliet bridges. The Cass Street bridge was closed from about 9:15 to 9:55 a.m., and the Jackson Street bridge was closed from 9:45 to 10:05 a.m., according to a post on the Joliet Police Department’s Facebook page.

The Joliet Police Department updated the public on additional closures on its Facebook page throughout the day. Botzum said he wasn’t aware of any other road closures as of Monday morning.

Illinois State Police Trooper DeAnn Falat said Monday afternoon that she was unaware of any major car accidents on the highways in District 5, which includes Will, Kendall and Grundy counties.

The inclement weather forced a couple of nearby Veterans Day ceremonies in Bolingbrook and Romeoville to be held indoors Monday.

The National Weather Service forecast said it expected snowfall totals between 2 and 4 inches Monday.

Sunny conditions were expected to return on Tuesday, albeit with a high of 21 degrees and wind-chill temperatures as low as minus 7 degrees. The service also said it expects winds between 10 and 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

The service’s forecast also predicted a slight chance of snowy and windy conditions to return to the Joliet area during the afternoon on Wednesday, with a higher chance of precipitation into the evening. Temperatures are expected in the high to low 20s.

This is already the second holiday in less than a month to be affected by bad weather. A handful of Will County municipalities changed their trick-or-treat hours in anticipation of cold temperatures and snowfall for Halloween.

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