Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MODOT issues winter weather travel advisory

(From MODOT)

MoDOT/Southwest Winter Travel Advisory:
Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Morning, Dec. 17-18
Rain, sleet and snow expected to impact southwest Missouri beginning Wednesday afternoon/evening and lasting through the overnight hours into Thursday morning, December 17 and 18.  The winter storm will impact travel through Thursday morning rush hour.  Drivers urged to use caution and be prepared for slick roads.
Weather Forecast: Rain, snow and sleet are likely beginning Wednesday afternoon/evening into the overnight hours.  Up to three inches of snow is possible near Clinton with up to an inch of sleet and snow in the Springfield/Joplin areas.  The Branson area could see up to a half inch of winter precipitation.   Temperatures will be at or below freezing overnight.  The storm is expected to move out of the area by mid-day on Thursday. 
Road Clearing: MoDOT crews will be on the road ahead of the storm Wednesday afternoon.  Crews will treat roads with a mixture of salt and abrasives to help with traction. Crews will remain on the road ‘round the clock treating and clearing as necessary until major routes are in clear condition. 
Crews will treat hills, curves and intersections on lesser-traveled roads with a mixture of salt and abrasives where necessary.  However, lesser-traveled roads will not be in clear condition.                
Travel Conditions: Road conditions will not improve drastically until the storm moves out of the area.  Crews will do their best to keep major roads in passable condition during the storm.  However, lesser-traveled roads will remain mostly covered. 
Drivers can regularly check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map for updated road conditions. 
Thursday morning rush hour will be especially challenging, depending on temperatures and when the storm system moves out of the area. Drivers are urged to take it slow and allow plenty of extra travel time to reach their destinations. 
Traveler Information Map: To find the most up-to-date road conditions in southwest Missouri and statewide, check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.  MoDOT also has a Traveler Information Map mobile app for smart phones.
Winter Weather Driving Tips:
  • Buckle up.  
  • Slow down.
  • Stay at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/treating the road. 
  • Be alert for changing road conditions. 
  • Make sure fuel tanks are full before traveling.
  • Don't drive across downed utility lines or tree debris
  • Focus on driving and avoid distractions.
  • Allow for extra travel time.
  • Carry an emergency kit equipped with snacks, water and blankets.

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