MoDOT Prepares For Snow And Freezing Rain This Weekend
Motorists across the state of Missouri could experience a mix of snow, freezing rain and rain this weekend. The mix of precipitation is forecasted to start as snow on Saturday and conclude as rain on Sunday. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be out in full force to treat roads during and after the storm. Motorists are advised to check road conditions before they travel and avoid travel if it all possible especially with potential icy conditions overnight Saturday.
MoDOT adjusts its practices to deal differently with each storm and tries to return major roads to near-normal driving conditions as soon as possible after a storm’s end. Roads with the highest traffic volumes including interstates and other heavily traveled state routes are plowed or treated first and continuously addressed until mostly clear. Lettered and numbered routes with lower traffic volumes are plowed to allow for two-way traffic, with concentration on hills, curves, and intersections. Traffic on these roads may have more snow on them until the higher-volume roads are mostly clear.
As soon as possible after a storm ends, MoDOT’s goal is to return highest traveled routes to mostly clear conditions and to plow and treat the critical areas of hills, curves and intersections on all other routes.
Motorists who need to travel are advised to bring a cell phone and winter survival supplies. Current road conditions are posted on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as an app on your mobile device through Android Google Play and Apple iTunes, search MoDOT Traveler Information.
(Courtesy of MoDOT)