Multiple Crashes on Icy Bridges in Cook County, Lake County; Icy Bridges Also Reported in McHenry County, Brief Sun


The seasons first observed snowfall was brief and didn’t accumulate on pavement, but icy bridges were likely factors in several crashes this morning, Tuesday, October 31, 2023. A serious crash occurred in northern Lake County near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

The serious crash occurred about 9:17 a.m. Tuesday on Russell Road over the Des Plaines River in Newport Township near Zion. There was an unresponsive person in one of two heavily damaged vehicles. A dog was also found injured in one of the vehicles. Russell Road was shut down between I-94 and Kilbourne Road near the Des Plaines River for an extended crash investigation.

A five-vehicle crash also occurred about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday on the Palatine Road bridge over Elmhurst Road. Vehicles were crashed in eastbound and westbound lanes. Two people were reported injured and were transported to an area hospital by Prospect Heights Fire Protection District paramedics.

A crash also occurred on the Lake Cook Road bridge over Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. Initial reports indicated there were no significant injuries, but the scene above on Lake Cook Road looked large from below on Milwaukee Avenue.

The sun shined for a brief period beginning about 10:00 a.m. which melted snow cover on grass, vehicles and windshields.


Tuesday: Snow showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Snow showers are likely between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Some thunder is also possible. Skies will be mostly cloudy, but there will be occasional breaks with sunshine with a high near 36. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 27. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

SOURCE: Lake County PASSAGE cameras.

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