Icy conditions hinder travel in Southern Illinois


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MARION, Ill. – Windy, cold and icy.  That’s what the weather was like in many parts of the Local 6 region Thursday, including Marion, Illinois.

As the night set in, however, conditions seem to change minute to minute.  What didn’t change is the slushy mixture on the roads and the slippery layer of ice on every surface.

Some Marion stores closed early so workers could head home.  Once they got there, they stayed there.

Drivers who did venture out were second guessing their decisions a few minutes into their journey.

“Not too bad.  I’m from Chicago, so we get this stuff all the time, but not this icy.  It’s kinda scary,” said SIUC student David Steen.

Marion resident Mariah Hopfer told Local 6 her car slid while she was out on the road.  She also offered a warning to folks daring to get out and drive.  “Ah, just be careful!  I’m going to try to get home safely.  It’s pretty icy out there,” Hopfer said.

The ice is also left several people in the dark.  Around 8 p.m., there were about 600 people in Union County without power.  Crew worked into the evening to return electricity those residents.

Officials say road crews will stay out through Thursday evening and into Friday morning, keeping an eye on the slick conditions.