MoDOT Warns to Use Caution When Driving

Published 03/02 2014 04:49PM

Updated 03/02 2014 11:08PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- With weekend snow and freezing rain covering the most of the state, Missouri travelers are advised to use caution if they must travel this evening and Monday morning.

From the Missouri Department of Transportation:

Snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue statewide, affecting road conditions overnight. Extreme cold temperatures and high wind continues to be a concern, causing blowing and drifting snow.

“MoDOT crews will work throughout the night to keep roads plowed and treated,” said Beth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. “We encourage people to stay tuned to local weather forecasts, check road conditions on MoDOT’s traveler map, and avoid travel if possible.”

Heavier snow is in the forecast for northern and central Missouri with accumulations expected to reach from 3 to 6 inches, and a possibility of 1 to 3 inches in the southern counties of the state. Precipitation is expected to continue through Monday morning.

If you must travel, take your mobile phone and winter survival supplies. If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you.

MoDOT urges drives to remember the following winter driving tips: Wear your seat belt, slow down, and adjust your speed to the conditions, give snow plows plenty of room, keep your windshield and windows clear to help you see, be alert and remember that road conditions can change very quickly, and always allow extra travel time to get to your destination.

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