Tuesday, January 19, 2016

MODOT issues travel advisory for Southwest Missouri

(From MODOT)

Snow, sleet, freezing rain and extreme cold temperatures are occurring across the southwest Missouri area this afternoon. MoDOT plows are on the road treating and plowing where necessary. Road conditions are continuing to change and drivers are urged to use caution if traveling this evening.

Road Clearing: MoDOT crews are running their routes on the major roads like I-44, I-49, Route 65, Route 60 and Route 13, etc. that carry the most traffic. As crews can, they will make at least one or two passes on lesser traveled roadways. They will plow and treat the roads as necessary until those roads are in clear condition. However, as long as there is precipitation in the area, roads will remain slick in areas.

As they can, crews will treat hills, curves and intersections on lesser traveled roads.

Drivers are urged to give ALL plows ample room to work. Please stay back at least 100 feet from the back of a plow.

Travel Conditions: Roadways are becoming slick in areas with freezing drizzle, freezing rain, sleet and snow coming down in areas.

Drivers are urged to slow down and allow plenty of following distance. Roads will not improve until the storm moves out of the area. MoDOT crews will stay on the roads as long as progress is made to treat/clear areas. However, if temperatures drop into the teens or single digits overnight, crews may curtail their efforts until sunrise on Wednesday morning. Drivers are urged to use EXTREME CAUTION!

Road Condition Information: To find the most up-to-date road conditions in southwest Missouri and statewide, check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map. MoDOT also has a freeTraveler Information mobile app for smartphones.

Winter Weather Driving Tips:
Buckle up
Slow down
Stay at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/treating road
Do not pass snow plows
Be alert for changing road conditions
Allow for extra travel time

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