MoDOT Warns Travelers Before Incoming Bad Weather

By KOLR10 News

Published 01/31 2014 04:23PM

Updated 01/31 2014 04:38PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--With snow and freezing rain in the forecast for Jan. 31 into Feb. 1, MoDOT has advised Missouri travelers to use caution if traveling this weekend.

Light snow and freezing rain are expected to continue throughout the afternoon in northern parts of the state Friday with snow, sleet and freezing rain affecting road conditions north of Interstate 44 during the overnight hours.

Up to a quarter-inch of ice is expected in central Missouri, and that glaze could affect travel on Interstate 70 and other routes in the region.

“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 also in the forecast for northern Missouri with accumulations expected to reach from 2 to 6 inches. Precipitation is expected to continue through Saturday afternoon.

According to MoDOT, If you must travel tonight or tomorrow, 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. Remember the following winter driving tips:

Wear your seat belt, slow down, 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 allow extra travel time to get to your destination.

Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available here or through the smartphone app.

MoDOT also provides road conditions information through their Customer Service Center at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636)

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