MoDOT Says To Limit Travel in Missouri During Snowfall Today
Update at 10:00AM: MoDOT's Traveler Information map is showing many roads around West Central Missouri as snow covered. This includes Highway 50 between Lone Jack and Jefferson City. Highway 65 between Marshall, Sedalia and Warsaw. Highway 13 between Clinton, Warrensburg and Higginsville. Interstate 70 is partially covered / mostly clear between Columbia and Kansas City. MoDOT's Traveler Information Map with road conditions is available here.
Update from the MoDOT Facebook page posted at 6:00 AM CST this morning:
Conditions are worsening as snow makes its way across the state this morning. Limit your travel during the snowfall!
If you MUST travel, plan ahead. Leave early so you can take it slow and use extra caution. Watch for our plows and give them room!
Just when it seems like the roads are getting back normal after a sunny but cold day. MoDOT says to stay off the roads during the snow today, February 17.
Another round of wintry weather will move into the state overnight, bringing accumulating snow to roads that are expected to refreeze in bitterly cold temperatures. Snow is expected to move into the state in the early morning hours and continue throughout the day Wednesday. Snow totals of from 1 to 2 inches are forecast for the I-70 corridor with up to 5 inches possible along the I-44 corridor and the southern part of the state.
The Missouri Department of Transportation warns drivers to use caution on the Wednesday morning commute. If possible, stay off the roads until the snow has stopped falling.
Avoiding travel during winter weather is the best advice. If you can't stay off the roads during the snow today, here are some Winter Weather Driving Tips from the Missouri Department of Transportation:
- Slow down. Adjust your speed to conditions.
- Give snowplows plenty of room, and don't pass them.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions.
- Keep your fuel tank at least halfway filled.
- Don't pass other vehicles on or near bridges.
Additionally DrivingTests.org offers these additional tips:
- Completely defrost your front and rear windows.
- Allow extra time to get where you need to go.
- Don't use cruise control. You'll be better able to detect loss of traction if you're using the gas and brake pedals.
- Keep a distance of at least three car lengths between your car and other cars.
- Drive with your lights on, even during the day.