MoDOT asking people to be extremely careful if driving today and tonight
Some roads across the state remain snow-covered, and the Missouri Department of Transportation is advising drivers to use extreme care if they must travel. In addition, refreezing could have occurred overnight, so there is potential for patches of black ice to have formed on the roadways.
The Missouri Weather Service also has issued a winter-weather advisory, to last from 4 p.m. to midnight, for portions of central and east central Missouri. The advisory states there is a possibility of freezing drizzle and snow showers with accumulations of up to one-half inch of snow accumulation and a trace of ice on the roads by midnight. The advisory also states visibility might be reduced at times due to snow, blowing snow, sleet and freezing drizzle or rain.
MoDOT encourages motorists to remember the following tips when driving during inclement weather: slow down; steer and brake gently; accelerate slowly at intersections; allow plenty of space between your vehicle and other vehicles; stay back 100 feet behind snow plows that may be spreading salt; and do not pass snow plows even when on a multi-lane road.
If you must travel today, MoDOT officials ask that you allow extra time for your travels and slow down if you encounter slick conditions.
MoDOT offers a variety of tools to help drivers, including the departmentís Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, which offers the latest road conditions, as well as real-time traffic flow.
MoDOT also has a toll-free customer-service line - 888-275-6636 - which is answered 24-hours a day.