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MODOT/Southwest: Winter Travel Advisory - Friday morning and through weekend

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Friday Morning, Dec. 20, and Through Weekend

Weather Forecast: Freezing rain is possible Friday morning in the Joplin area and in areas toward Kansas City and Truman Lake, including Vernon, Bates, St. Clair, Henry and Benton counties. Also, in areas generally north of Interstate 44, freezing rain is possible Friday night into Saturday morning. Snow is possible Saturday night into Sunday.

Road Clearing: MoDOT crews in affected areas will work to keep roads drivable whatever hours necessary Friday and through the weekend, hitting the busiest roads most often.

Travel Conditions: Rain can turn to freezing rain. Moisture already on the ground can freeze. That means driving conditions can change and quickly become hazardous. Bridge floors will be the first to freeze.

Be Proactive as a Driver: Check weather and road conditions before traveling. If ice forms on pavement, drive as slowly as necessary to keep control of your vehicle. Brake and steer gently. Leave plenty of following distance. Even with MoDOT crews out working where needed, widespread freezing rain or snow means roads may be slick.

Traveler Information Map: To find the most up-to-date road conditions in southwest Missouri and statewide, check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at modot.org .

More Winter Weather Driving Tips:

  • Buckle up.
  • Adjust your speed to conditions.
  • Stay at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/salting the road.
  • Keep your windshield and other windows clear to help you see.
  • Be alert for road conditions that may change as you drive.
  • Don't tailgate.
  • Focus on driving and avoid distractions.
  • Allow for extra travel time.

Road Condition Information:

  • MoDOT Customer Service: 1-888-275-6636
  • MoDOT Traveler Information map

Follow MoDOT's Southwest District:

  • Facebook: MoDOT.Southwest
  • Twitter: MoDOT_Southwest
  • Google +: +MoDOT/Southwest District

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