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Local News Releases

Southwest District Office (417) 895-7600

February 05, 2014 01:39 PM
MoDOT/Southwest Winter Travel Advisory:
Wednesday Night into Thursday, February 5-6

Extremely cold temperatures and blowing snow will hamper efforts to clear roads overnight Wednesday into Thursday.  Slick conditions will exist in areas through Thursday.

Weather Forecast: Temperatures in the single digits along with gusty winds will continue Wednesday evening into Thursday.  Snow flurries will be possible on Thursday with highs in the teens.  

Road Clearing: MoDOT crews will continue working to clear major roads.  However, extreme cold temperatures and blowing snow will cause roads to remain partly covered to covered in some areas. 

Crews will plow lesser-traveled roads as time allows. They also will treat hills, curves and intersections with abrasives.  Lesser-traveled roads will not be cleared.

Travel Conditions: While road conditions did improve somewhat on Wednesday, road conditions are not expected to improve Wednesday night into Thursday due to extremely cold temperatures and blowing snow.  Drivers are urged to slow down, drive according to conditions and allow extra travel time to their destinations.     

Traveler Information Map: To find the most up-to-date road conditions in southwest Missouri and statewide, check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.  MoDOT also has a Traveler Information Map mobile app for smart phones.

Winter Weather Driving Tips:

  • Buckle up.  
  • Slow down.
  • Stay at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/treating the road. 
  • Be alert for changing road conditions. 
  • Make sure fuel tanks are full before traveling.
  • Don't tailgate. 
  • Focus on driving and avoid distractions.
  • Allow for extra travel time.
  • Carry an emergency kit equipped with snacks, water and blankets.

Road Condition Information: 

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