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MoDOT News Release 

February 04, 2014 02:45 PM
High Winds Make Going Tough for Motorists in Much of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists - especially those driving high-profile vehicles and commercial trucks - that wind gusts in excess of 30 mph are forecasted in the state. The harshest conditions are expected in the northwest and north central Missouri and Kansas City metro areas beginning Tuesday afternoon. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected through early Wednesday morning. Winds at this speed can make driving high profile vehicles such as minivans, panel trucks and tractor trailers more difficult in ideal road conditions. Winds paired with covered or partially covered roads have the potential to cause these vehicles to slide off driving lanes.

In addition to these hazards, winds are expected to blow fallen snow onto highway lanes, making it difficult for snowplow operators to gain the upper hand. Expect to see plows in operation well after snowfall ends and give them plenty of room to work.

If you absolutely must travel, MoDOT reminds you to plan ahead, allow plenty of time for travel and keep safe by:

  • Wearing your seatbelt;
  • Adjusting your speed to road and weather conditions;
  • Placing plenty of room between your vehicle and others on the road;
  • Keeping both hands on the wheel and not using cruise control;
  • Using your headlights to be more visible to other drivers;
  • Keeping an emergency travel kit in your vehicle; and
  • Letting someone know the route you plan to travel and when you are expected to arrive.

Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org for the latest road conditions. The map is updated continuously.  A free app version of the map for smartphones and devices can be downloaded from app stores. Search for "MoDOT."

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