From the Missouri Department of Transportation:
Another major winter storm will enter Missouri this evening, bringing freezing rain, sleet, snow and bitterly cold temperatures. Due to expected hazardous conditions, the Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a “no travel advisory” starting tonight and extending through Sunday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 6 pm tonight until 6 am Monday.
Winds are expected to be 10-20 mph throughout much of the storm with gusts to 30 mph at the end of the storm, particularly in southeast Missouri. Sub-zero low temperatures are predicted for the northern half of the state on Sunday, with highs not expected to reach much more than 10 degrees.
“For your safety and the safety of our crews, we’re asking that once this storm hits your region of the state, you avoid travel unless it is a dire emergency,” said Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. “Snow is predicted to be heavy at times and when accompanied by ice and the extremely low temperatures it makes travel extremely hazardous.
MoDOT Traveler Information Map
National Weather Service- Springfield Area
“Blowing snow and high winds make it very difficult for MoDOT crews to clear roads,” said Wright. “If there are no other vehicles on the roadways, we have a much better chance of making progress so traffic can get moving again.”
Should you attempt to travel during this storm, bring your mobile phone and winter survival supplies. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you.
MoDOT also provides road condition information through our Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone. These numbers will contact the nearest troop headquarters.
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