MODOT urges drivers to stay off the road Saturday night, Sunday morning

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a “no travel advisory” for the duration of our next winter storm.

The wintry weather is expected to begin Saturday afternoon and evening and last through Sunday, March 3rd.

The National Weather Service is predicting up to to 6 inches of snow in some places and blowing snow will reduce visibilities, making driving hazardous.

“We advise everyone to stay off the roads,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer / Chief Safety and Operations Officer. “At times, snow will be heavy. For your safety please stay home.”

According to a release from MODOT: “Road treatment chemicals are affected by the extreme cold. At 30 degrees, one pound of salt will melt 46.3 pounds of ice, but at 0 degrees, the same pound of salt will melt just 3.7 pounds of ice. When temperatures drop below freezing, MoDOT often adds other products such as calcium chloride and beet juice to the salt to help it work more effectively.”

For road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, please check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org The map is also available as a free app for Apple and Android devices.

Motorists can also call MoDOT’s customer service center for road conditions at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The toll-free phone line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

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