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Sheriff’s Office: Travel Only in Emergency in Western Kane County

Blowing, drifting snow is plaguing roadways, creating white-out conditions and making travel hazardous.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday night, Jan. 26, issued a warning to motorists to travel only if it is an emergency.


Spokesman Lt. Patrick Gengler, in an email to media, said there is significant blowing and drifting snow on roads in western Kane County. “The new accumulation combined with the high winds are creating white-out conditions and hazardous travel,” he said. “Only travel if it is an emergency.”


For those who must travel, Gengler said be prepared — “stay on main roads, charge your cellphone before you leave, have a complete emergency kit in your car, and make sure your gas tank is full.”


He also advised travelers who become stranded to expect significant time for help to arrive.

Gengler said the Sheriff’s Office’s patrol supervisor expressed surprise at the number of cars out in these conditions.


“Sheriff (Patrick) Perez encourages motorists to please listen to these warning and limit their travel,” Gengler wrote. “The Sheriff’s Office will attempt to provide updates on its Facebook page over the next few hours.”


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