According to a press release from MoDOT, motorists should avoid travel if possible in Missouri late Wednesday night and Thursday, due to incoming accumulating snow and bitterly cold temperatures. Travel on Missouri’s roads should be restricted to necessary trips only, especially Thursday morning. Morning rush hour commutes will be impacted by the winter weather across most of Missouri, according to that press release.

Pettis County Emergency Management  Agency Director, Dave Clippert, says that Pettis County could receive 1-3 inches of snow, and wind chills could be as low as 0. Pettis County has been placed in a Winter Weather Advisory from 8 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

“MoDOT crews will be out early tonight preparing before the storm moves in from northwest Missouri to southeast Missouri, but lower temperatures in the teens will make the chemicals not as effective,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. “The heaviest band of snowfall is expected to hit during the peak of Thursday morning rush hour, and we advise motorists to postpone travel during that time.”

If a section of highway is shut down for extended periods, motorists should heed the warnings on the digital signs, and exit the highway at the next available exit. To check road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, please check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. MoDOT Customer Service is also available for information at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

Dave Clippert