Interstate road conditions in Central Illinois are getting more difficult to travel as the winter storm that began in earnest Tuesday afternoon continues into the evening hours.

Meanwhile, local road crews are working to keep up with the heavier snow that began falling about 2:30 p.m., but streets throughout the Twin Cities are snow-covered and difficult to drive on. 

As of 5:40 p.m., the Illinois Department of Transportation reported the following conditions along interstates in Central Illinois:

• Interstate 55 south from Bloomington-Normal to Springfield was 100 percent snow/ice covered; north to Pontiac was 50 percent snow/ice covered, and north from Pontiac to Joliet, it was 100 percent snow/ice covered;

• I-39 north from B-N to LaSalle, 100 percent snow/ice covered;

• I-74 east to Champaign, 50 percent snow/ice covered, and west to Peoria, 75 percent snow/ice covered.

In Bloomington-Normal, snow plow crews are keeping up with the snow with every available plow on the streets in both communities, said officials. The Bloomington Public Works Department will have crews plowing throughout the night.

In Normal, crews also are working to keep main roads open while McLean County crews will be pulled off of county highways at 5:30 p.m. except for Towanda-Barnes Road, a major north-south road east of Veterans Parkway. Plowing on T-B will continue throughout the night.

Interstate highway conditions can be checked by calling 1-800-452-IDOT, or by visiting www.gettingaroundillinois.com and clicking "Winter Road Conditions."

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