JEFFERSON CITY -- After a winter storm pummeled Missouri today with snow, sleet and freezing rain, the Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.For much of the state, the storm moved in during the morning hours on Thursday, Feb. 21, and forecasts indicate it may continue through the overnight hours. MoDOT crews are out in full force plowing snow and treating Missouri's highways, but travel remains hazardous."This storm has affected almost the entire state, and most of our highways remain partly or mostly covered with snow or ice," said MoDOT Chief Engineer David Nichols. "That means it can be difficult and even dangerous to travel, and motorists should stay put if possible until the storm moves out and the roads can be cleared."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:
Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org or through the new 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.