Slick Road Conditions and Bitter Low Temperatures


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Temperatures continue to drop in the Ozarks while we’re under a wind chill advisory.

That means the snow we saw this morning could refreeze tonight.

“We’re just looking for a few flurries tonight but our main concern is the refreeze, because it’s going to get so cold down in the single digits, and we still have some wet roads, so there is a potential for refreeze and black ice,” said Darin Hamelink at MODOT.

Hamelink gave KOLR10 some examples of roads to watch out for. 

“US-65, along with the Eastern side of Springfield where we have that barrier wall, often times snow gets piled up against the wall, and then it melts across the road and refreezes,” Hamelink said.

However, Hamelink said high-volume roads are currently in good shape, “we’re still working to clean up the secondary routes, so you may still see some coverage on those lower volume, secondary routes.”

Hamelink also addressed concerns about drifting due to high winds, “anywhere you have basically an east-west route, that is perpendicular to the wind, that’s where you have a greater potential for drift.”

And drifting can cause accidents, such as a MODOT snowplow that rolled onto its side on route 60.

The truck was moved off the road and the driver only suffered minor injuries.

Modot will have crews out Sunday night watching and treating slick spots. 

“And then in the morning, we’re going to be out, just ahead of rush hour, just to make sure everything is clear,” Hamelink said.

However, the extreme cold temperatures may slow down their efforts. 

“We don’t anticipate making a lot of progress tomorrow just with the super cold temperatures, supposed to get in the 20s, which isn’t really bad, but it’s low enough that our chemicals are not quite as effective,” said Hamelink.

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