JEFFERSON CITY, MO - With snow and freezing rain in the Friday evening and Saturday forecast, Missouri travelers are advised to use caution if traveling tonight and this weekend.
Light snow and freezing rain are expected to continue throughout the afternoon in northern parts of the state Friday with snow, sleet and freezing rain affecting road conditions north of Interstate 44 during the overnight hours.
Up to a quarter-inch of ice is expected in central Missouri, and that glaze could affect travel on Interstate 70 and other routes in the region.
"MoDOT crews will work throughout the night to keep roads plowed and treated," said Beth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. "We encourage people to stay tuned to local weather forecasts, check road conditions on MoDOT's traveler map, and avoid travel if possible."
Heavier snow is also in the forecast for northern Missouri with accumulations expected to reach from 2 to 6 inches. Precipitation is expected to continue through Saturday afternoon.
If you must travel, take your mobile phone and winter survival supplies. If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you. Remember the following winter driving tips:
•· Wear your seat belt.
•· Slow down, and adjust your speed to the conditions.
•· Give snow plows plenty of room.
•· Keep your windshield and windows clear to help you see.
•· Be alert and remember that road conditions can change very quickly.
•· Allow extra travel time to get to your destination.
Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, available online at http://www.modot.org/ or through the smartphone app. The map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and highways. You can zoom in to a particular location, check live weather radar and view images from MoDOT's traffic cameras and message boards.
MoDOT also provides road conditions information through our Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak to one of our customer service representatives. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.