Before the next round hits

Winter weather tools and tips

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The extended forecast for Northwest Missouri shows a couple days of dry weather, but the majority have the possibility of some precipitation. During the brief breaks, the Missouri Department of Transportation will continue to temporarily patch potholes caused by the continuous freeze/thaw cycle we’ve had this winter and perform routine maintenance to roadways. We’ll also be replenishing salt supplies, repairing and cleaning equipment, and trying to give our crews a rest before they are once again asked to work around-the-clock battling snow and ice.

Motorists can also take the break in winter weather to prepare for the next round:

  • Replenish your car’s emergency kit. Consider adding an extra set of clothing, hand warmers, small bottles of water, and snacks to your usual supplies, just in case you get stranded and have to wait for help.
  • Download MoDOT’s app from your app store. The app is an interactive map that displays real-time road conditions, work zones, traffic congestion, cameras, weather radar and more, just by toggling on and off layers on the app menu.
  • Bookmark MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at It has the same features as the app, plus links to other states’ road conditions, winter driving tips, and other information.
  • Follow MoDOT’s Northwest District on your favorite social media site. While it’s not the 24/7 source that the app and map are, we share important information and tips there often.
    • Facebook: @MoDOTNWDistrict
    • Twitter: @ModotNorthwest
    • Instagram: modotnorthwst

Having battled weather in a seemingly endless cycle this winter, motorists across Northwest Missouri are probably pros by now. But remember that even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. While MoDOT works hard to treat and plow Missouri highways, it’s important to allow extra time for travel, change plans as needed, and to check road conditions before you head out. Remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:

  • Slow down.
  • Steer and brake gently.
  • Accelerate slowly at intersections.
  • Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt. Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
  • Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first. Cold air is able to circulate above and below these structures, making them the first to have slick spots, even from melting ice and snow.

MoDOT also provides road conditions information through our Customer Service Center. Dial 888 ASK MODOT (888-275-6636Image removed.Image removed.) 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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