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Falling overnight temperatures could cause icy roads in southern Illinois

Street crews are working in 16 hour shifts to clear ice and snow. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Street crews are working in 16 hour shifts to clear ice and snow. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Ice is expected to be a traffic concern Monday night. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Ice is expected to be a traffic concern Monday night. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Marion has a crew of more than 15 working to clear snow and ice. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Marion has a crew of more than 15 working to clear snow and ice. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
MARION, IL (KFVS) - Road crews in Marion, Illinois dropped 400 tons of salt on the roads on Monday after six inches fell over most area's of southern Illinois.

As temperatures begin to dive Monday night into the early morning hours Tuesday, some area's across the Heartland could drop below zero.

The sub-zero temperatures could cause some slick road conditions in the area's where snow has fallen.

The salt chemical used to treat roads doesn't activate in below zero temperatures.

Superintendent Doug Phillips with the Department of Streets in Marion says his crew spent 16 hours on Monday clearing roads begging at 1:40 a.m.

“[Safety] that's our main concern. Keep accidents down and the public safe,” Phillips said.

More than 15 people were driving dump trucks, plows, and using snow blowers to clear the city.

Marion Road crews stopped around 5 p.m. Monday night and are expected to resume operations at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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