New Year's Eve festivities will abound this evening, but with bad weather in the forecast for much of the state, the Missouri Department of Transportation is stressing the importance of safe driving for those who will be out on Missouri roadways tonight.
"A lot of people will be out ringing in the New Year tonight, and we urge them to please keep road conditions in mind when making their plans," said Dave Nichols, MoDOT chief engineer.
Although snow accumulation will taper off throughout the evening, temperatures will continue to drop, possibly refreezing damp streets and state routes. In some parts of the state, additional snow and freezing drizzle is also a possibility.
In addition to being mindful of the weather, MoDOT is also advising motorists not to drive if their New Year's Eve celebrations include consuming alcohol that could impair their driving.
"As always, you should never drink and drive," Nichols said. "This message is more important than ever with the added challenge of icy road conditions."
Travelers should check the Traveler Information Map for current road conditions before traveling for any reason tonight. The map is also available as an app for iPhones, Androids, iPads and tablets so motorists can check conditions before heading home from their party or event. The app is available for free from the iPhone and Android apps stores by searching for "MoDOT."
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.