JEFFERSON CITY – As freezing rain, sleet and snow makes its way into

Missouri over the next 24 hours, the Missouri Department of Transportation

reminds motorists to use caution and avoid travel if possible.

The variety of winter precipitation expected means that roads could

become covered with snow and ice as this storm moves through the state.

MoDOT crews are prepared for the storm, with trucks and equipment mobilized

and ready to go. Once the winter weather starts, the department works

around the clock to plow and treat Missouri’s most traveled roads,

including interstates, U.S. highways, and other high traffic routes. MoDOT

will plow loose snow and treat hills, curves and intersections of

lower-traffic lettered and numbered routes as needed.

One of the smartest things motorists can do during a winter weather

event is stay safely at home, avoiding any unnecessary travel. Should you

attempt to travel, take your phone and winter survival supplies, including

blankets, extra clothing, and food. If you do become stranded, stay with

your vehicle and call 911.

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. Conditions for these routes are

color-coded to give users the information they need at a glance. You can

zoom in to a particular location, check live weather radar and view images

from MoDOT’s traffic cameras and message boards.

Motorists can also call MoDOT's customer service center for road

conditions at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The toll-free phone line is

answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.