Flyover of Interstates 57 and 64 Following Snow Storm
UPDATE JANUARY 6, 2014 5:10 P.M.
JEFFERSON CO. --Travel is improving in our region, but evidence of the dangerous conditions in the height of the storm is easy to see. Cars litter the ditches of highways, and it's still slow-going in many areas.
One of the best ways to see what all the snow and ice has done to southern Illinois is go up in a helicopter and check out the view. That's what News 3 did with the help of Black Diamond Aviation.
As we made our way north along Interstate 57, we quickly noticed a pattern: the more north you go, the more spin-outs you see. Traffic was extremely slow Monday afternoon along I-57 from Franklin County through Jefferson and into Marion. By the time we hit Salem, cars looked like they were hardly moving from 2,000 feet in the air.
Interstate 64 was moving faster, but vehicles stuck to just one lane. The stretch in Jefferson County took the prize for most spin-outs. Vehicles dotted the median and ditches throughout the entire span of I-64 here. And because of a State Police-enforced tow ban, those vehicles will paint the winter landscape for little while longer.
State Police lifted the tow ban for Franklin and Williamson Counties, but it remains in place for Jefferson and Washington Counties. Officials say they'll re-evaluate on Tuesday.
JEFFERSON CO. - Interstates 57 between Mt. Vernon and Salem is littered with vehicles that slid off the road during Sunday's snow storm.
News 3 also flew over portions of Interstate 64 west of Mt Vernon and found similar wrecks.
As of Monday afternoon, traffic was moving but at a slow space. Many vehicles were only going about 30 miles an hour.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 54 %