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December 16, 2016 02:39 PM
Winter Weather Expected to Continue Through This Weekend

 

JEFFERSON CITY – Mid-Missouri has already been hit with freezing drizzle that is causing slippery travel conditions, and more winter weather and cold temperatures are in the forecast through the weekend.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will continue to be out today treating ice-covered roads, while also preparing for additional precipitation predicted for Saturday into early Sunday. Snow and freezing rain are both in the forecast, with some areas expected to get up to three inches of snow.

Motorists should be aware that bridges and overpasses generally freeze first, so they should use caution, reduce speed and brake gently in these areas.

“When winter weather hits, the most important thing you can do is postpone your travel,” said MoDOT Central District Maintenance Engineer Randy Aulbur. “However, if you do head out, allow extra time to get to where you’re going, stay alert and lower your speed.”

      MoDOT encourages the following travel tips to help make sure you get to your destination safely:

  • Buckle up.
  • Slow down.
  • Avoid hard braking and sudden turns to keep from sliding out of control.
  • Make sure vehicle windows are cleared to ensure visibility.
  • Use headlights so other vehicles can see you.
  • Increase following distance.
  • Keep at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing or salting the road.
  • Let someone know where you're headed.

Mid-Missouri is also scheduled to experience extremely low temperatures for the next several days. MoDOT said it’s important for drivers to carry an emergency kit in their vehicles in case they become stalled on the road. Some things to include are:

  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A first-aid kit 
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Extra mittens or gloves, socks, a warm cap and rain gear
  • A small sack of sand to use for traction under your wheels
  • A small shovel
  • Booster cables
  • Small tools - pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Bottled water

The latest road conditions are available at www.modot.org through MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map. The map shows routes in different colors ranging from clear, to partially covered, covered or closed to travel. Travelers can also download the free app or call MoDOT’s toll-free number, 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636), to get road condition information.

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