LEE'S SUMMIT - Significant snow that is forecast to begin before dawn Tuesday may start out light but intensify beginning around morning rush hour and create difficult driving conditions that may also interfere with MoDOT's ability to clear highways.
MoDOT urges employers to consider allowing their employees to work from home or forego coming into work on Tuesday for their employees' safety as well as keeping highways clear for snowplows to do their job during the peak of the storm.
"This storm is forecast to shape up much like the heavy snow we faced nearly a year ago," said MoDOT District Engineer Dan Niec. "Many employers sent their workers home early, once they realized how heavy the snow was falling. That crush of traffic during midday, in the middle of our efforts, clogged highways, interstates and interchanges and resulted in bringing our snow fighting efforts to a standstill for hours at a time at key points in our highway system."
Niec said that this highly unusual strategy will be safer for motorists and keep snowplows moving at a steady pace during the height of the storm, clearing the highways as soon as possible.
The forecast also includes wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, which will quickly create drifting conditions within minutes after plows have cleared a highway. The wind and low temperatures will produce sub-zero wind chills through Thursday. Motorists who must travel should have a cell phone with a charger, keep fuel tanks as full as possible, have a well-functioning flashlight, a blanket, food, water and tell someone before you leave when you expect to arrive at your destination and your route of travel.
As always, go to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at modot.org. Also, in the metropolitan Kansas City area, kcscout.net will give you a good view of major highways and interstates in town before you head out.