Snow accumulated at a frighteningly-rapid pace Monday, at times reaching two to three inches an hour.
The blizzard, the latest in the Midwest that added to the 62 inches of snow this winter, caused near-zero visibility for drivers along Illinois Route 50 and Interstate 57. By mid-afternoon, visibility was listed at a half-mile at the Greater Kankakee Airport.
The Kankakee County Sheriff's department reported about two dozen accidents but no serious injuries.
Schools let out early and many quickly cancelled afternoon and evening events. Though many people were home for the Presidents Day holiday, traffic was nevertheless nearly nonexistent in downtown Kankakee, and sparse along the retail corridor in Bradley.
Snow accumulation is expected to be between 4 and 8 inches with some areas south of Interstate 80 reaching 10 inches.
It is expected to drift off around 9 p.m.