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For more information, contact Sally Oxenhandler or Community Relations at 573-751-2840.

January 29, 2010 12:00 AM
Winter Storm Hitting Southern Missouri
Motorists Advised to Check Road Conditions Before Traveling

JEFFERSON CITY - A winter storm has moved into the southern half of Missouri, leaving roads covered or partly covered with snow and slush.  Highways in west central Missouri are also partially to fully covered.  The storm is expected to continue through today, with the prediction that heavy snow could fall in metropolitan St. Louis and points south during this afternoon's rush hour. Interstates 44, 55 and 270/255 are expected to receive the most snow in the metro area.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging drivers to plan ahead and check road conditions before traveling.  The latest road conditions are available at http://www.modot.org/ through the Traveler Information Map.  The map shows routes in different colors ranging from clear, to partially covered, covered or closed to travel.  Travelers can also call MoDOT's toll-free number, 888-ASK-MODOT, to get road condition information.

MoDOT uses a priority system of routes to determine which roadways are cleared first to get traffic moving as quickly as possible. The following are priority levels for snow and ice-removal:

Priority 1: Highest traffic-volume roadways are cleared first, including interstates and other major routes. These roads receive continuous treatment throughout a storm.

Priority 2: Lower-volume, lettered or numbered routes are opened to two-way traffic and treated with salt at critical areas such as intersections, hills and curves.

After the storm during regular work hours, workers clean up accumulation on shoulders, bridge edges and interchanges.    

Drivers are urged to be very cautious and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.  The department also offers the following safe travel tips:

*Buckle up.
*Drive slower than normal.

*Avoid hard braking and sudden turns to keep from sliding out of control.
*Make sure vehicle windows are cleared to ensure visibility.
*Use headlights.

* Increase following distance.
*Keep at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing or salting the road.

*Keep plenty of fuel in the tank and carry an emergency kit.
*Let someone know where you're headed.

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