Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Drivers Brave Subzero Temps
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- The bitter temperatures may have caused many schools and businesses to declare Monday a snow day, but they didn't shut down local travel in Southern Illinois.
A steady stream of cars took to Route 37 in Marion all of Monday. The roadway was mainly clear of snow, but still slick in many areas. Tiffany Roe of Marion saw the dangerous conditions first hand.
"I came to an intersection and I almost slid. I didn't come to a complete stop; I mean they're not very good at all," she explained.
Thankfully, Roe avoided a wreck. She braved the icy streets alongside others like Andy Murrow.
His reason for venturing outside?
"My pregnant wife wanted a Coca Cola... happy wife happy life," said Murrow.
Despite the unusually frigid temps, others headed out to stock up on movies or to local stores, not to be defeated by the extreme conditions.
"I have about five pairs of pants, about three hoodies and these overalls, two pairs of gloves, a hat," Jonell Mann shared.
She travelled by foot Monday night, wearing lots of layers as she walked through the downtown area. Mann said the only part of her body feeling the bitter temps was her face; effects as real as her cold-induced tears.
"Definitely be careful of other drivers and watch for people who are walking like me because it's hard to see us sometimes," Roe added.
It's common to find patches of ice on roadways like Route 37, often the hard way. Drivers say to expect the unexpected if you're out on the roads, especially if you head out on side streets.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 93 %