LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Anticipated snowfalls up to three inches per hour beginning Saturday afternoon will make driving nearly impossible at times during this next storm, so MoDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if at all possible.
As the forecast for up to 12 inches of snow comes into focus for this intense winter storm expected to begin late Saturday afternoon, MoDOT will be plowing around the clock to keep interstates and major highways passable. This storm's intensity poses particularly high risk for travelers due to both the rate of snowfall and lack of visibility. While rate of snowfall may begin tapering off as dawn approaches Sunday, snow may continue throughout the day and into Sunday night. MoDOT crews anticipate working well into Monday morning to ensure main routes are passable to mostly clear by rush hour.
If you must venture out, pack some food, water, blankets and a flashlight or two with fresh batteries and spares. Drive slowly, carefully and stay back from plow trucks. Don't try to pass the plow trucks for several reasons: You won't get to your destination any sooner; it is dangerous to you and the plow trucks to pass them; and if you collide with MoDOT equipment, it could stall our snow removal efforts at a critical time.
"This storm is now expected to be as challenging as the two in late February," said Dan Niec, District Engineer. "Your safety is our first priority. Stay put, do not travel once this snowstorm begins until it has passed."
MoDOT plow operators will clear highways around the clock until snow routes - our highest traffic roads - are mostly clear and other roads are safe and passable. We prioritize snow removal routes by the type of road, number of travelers and regional significance to get traffic moving as quickly as possible.
Road conditions are posted on our website, www.modot.org, on our Travel Information Map. The map is updated continually as conditions change. Our customer service centers are staffed 24/7 so customers can speak with representatives for road condition information. The number is 888-275-6636. Kansas City Scout (kcscout.net) and the Traveler Information Map provide great information on travel conditions.
MoDOT defines winter storm travel conditions as:
•o Closed: The road is impassible due to winter conditions.
•o Covered: The road may have received some treatment and is passable with caution.
•o Partly covered: The road has received some treatment but still has snow or ice on significant portions of the road. The road is passable with caution.
•o Mostly clear/Near normal: The lanes of traffic are mostly clear with a small ribbon
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