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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • MoDOT Prepares for second Winter storm Motorists Encouraged to Adjust Travel Plans

  • The Missouri Department of Transportation is transferring equipment and personnel to central and northern Missouri, preparing to battle the
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  • 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
    state.
    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
    storm.
    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
    possible.
    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.
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