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Steve Porter, 816-607-2152

January 31, 2014 10:58 AM
Moisture and Sub-Freezing Temperatures Should Signal Caution

LEE'S SUMMIT - With moisture in the air again and the temperatures dropping below freezing, slick driving conditions could catch motorists off guard as a new winter storm arrives for the weekend.

MoDOT's crews have been out since 11 p.m. Thursday night, ready to respond quickly as road conditions change. Whether you see sleet pellets, drizzle, freezing rain or snow flakes, remember that conditions will change as a storm system moves through the area in the next few hours. Slow down, be aware of changes in traction and the amount and type of precipitation. Lots of freezing rain can keep crews from effectively pre-treating roadways, and freezing drizzle can change from merely wet pavement to black ice as temperatures fall. Later, even after the storm has passed, motorists may encounter slick spots where refreeze has occurred or blowing snow has covered an already-plowed roadway.

As always, go to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at modot.org. Also, in the metropolitan Kansas City area, kcscout.net will give you a good view of major highways and interstates in town before you head out.


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