Northwest Missouri Prepares For Winter Weather

With heavy snowfall expected in areas across Missouri, please limit travel if possible.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Missouri Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel unless necessary as snow will cover most of the state through tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service, Northwest Missouri could see three to eight inches of snow, while areas to the east, including St. Louis, could have snowfall totals of 10 inches or more. MoDOT crews have been preparing for this weekend’s winter storm and will continue to carefully monitor conditions.

The snow is expected to be heavy. Snow being thrown from the plows will be a hazard. Snowplows will be traveling at slower rates of speed when operating. Give snowplows room to work; don’t tailgate or try to pass. Stay at least four car lengths back from snow plows and equipment.

Traffic is expected to increase in the Kansas City area this weekend as the Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in a divisional round playoff game with a kickoff time of 3:35 p.m. tomorrow. In addition, many students will be returning to college campus after winter break, which means increased traffic statewide. If travel is necessary here are some safety tips:

  • Please wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted. Buckle Up Phone Down.
  • If you see snow drive slow. Adjust your speed to the conditions and your driving abilities. Do not use your cruise control.
  • Steer and break gently.
  • Accelerate slowly at intersections.
  • Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Stay back 100 feet from snow plows and avoid passing them, even when on a multi-lane road.

To check road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, please visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at The map is also available for download on Apple and Android devices.

MoDOT also provides road conditions information through our Customer Service Center. Dial 888 ASK MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak to one of our expert customer service representatives. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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