JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Less than a week after a major storm left
Missouri covered with snow and ice, a second storm is moving into the
The Missouri Department of Transportation is transferring equipment
and personnel to central and northern Missouri, preparing to battle the
snow predicted to arrive late afternoon on Monday, Feb. 25. The forecast
indicates the heaviest band of snow will stretch from south of Kansas City
to Kirksville, but accumulating snowfall is predicted for all areas north
of U.S. 54.
"MoDOT is prepared and will activate crews to plow and treat roads as
soon as possible," said Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer.
"Unfortunately, the combination of strong winds and heavy snowfall means
whiteout conditions may occur. That makes travel extremely hazardous and
makes clearing roads very difficult."
Motorists in the western and northern portions of the state should
check local weather forecasts and prepare now to alter their work schedules
and travel plans on Monday and Tuesday to avoid becoming caught in the
MoDOT also advises drivers of delivery trucks, tractor-trailers, and
other high-profile vehicles to be aware of the potential for high winds
during the heaviest snowfall. MoDOT recommends these vehicles be prepared
to take a break at the nearest accommodating exit at the first sign of
trouble or low visibility. MoDOT rest area and truck parking information is
available at www.modot.org/services/travel/restarea/index.htm.
If you must venture out, pack food, water, blankets, and a flashlight
with fresh batteries. Drive slowly, carefully, and stay back from plow
trucks. If you are involved in a crash or slide off the roadway, stay in
your vehicle. Crashed vehicles should be moved as far off the roadway as
Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT's
Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org, or through
MoDOT's new smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. The
map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and
highways. You can zoom in to a particular location, check live weather
radar, and view images from MoDOT's traffic cameras and message boards.
MoDOT also provides road condition information through our Customer
Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer
service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.