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Southwest Missouri road conditions

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Since yesterday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has investigated more than 100 crashes and assisted 54 stranded motorists.
Amidst this winter storm, the Missouri Department of Transportation has nearly all of its trucks out working and prepared to go 24 hours if needed.
"What we'll try to do is, depending on when the accumulation occurs, to get out and make a pass on all the roadways before the morning commute," said Dan Salisbury of MoDOT.  "We'll start with the busiest roadways first and move out from there."
Interstates 44 and 49 and Range Line Road in Joplin were some of the most clear roadways this afternoon.
"It's a little bit deceiving," said Sergeant Mike Watson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  "Even though you may not see the snow or the ice on the roadways, it is still slick."
That is why MoDOT has issued a 'no travel advisory' through Monday morning.
"Our advice is to stay home if you possibly can," Salisbury said.
While many are aware of the 'no travel advisory,' some are getting out in the elements anyways.
"I'm from Illinois, so I'm kind of used to driving in the snow," said Allysen Bush, Webb City resident.  "It's not as awful to me as it is to other people."
"We drove from Miami to get my daughter some prom shoes and the turnpike was really well taken care of, so we didn't have any problem there," said Melanie Cunnigham, Miami rCunningham
or those who choose to travel in these conditions, officials say preparation is the key for staying safe.
"Allow plenty of time if you have to get out," Salisbury said.  "You just have to go slower."
"Does somebody know where you're travelling to and what titravelingsupposed to get there?" Watson said.  "If you do have a cell phone, is it charged up?"
Watson also recommends taking any medication you or another passenger in the vehicle may need if stranded for any period of time.

As for the morning commute, some locals plan on still making the trek.
"I'll probably end up going to work tomorrow, we'll see how it turns out," said CJ Ketchum, Joplin resident.
The Joplin Police Department is operating under emergency road conditions, that means if you are involved in a non-injury accident, do not call police.  Instead, exchange information including names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance companies and policy numbers and report that information to police later.
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