Limit travel Saturday night as second weekend storm approaches


  JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Department of Transportation crews worked throughout the night to clear roads from Friday’s winter weather event, but drivers should pay close attention to the forecast due to another winter storm anticipated for Saturday night into Sunday morning.
  This second wave of precipitation could bring snow and ice to many parts of the state. Snow accumulations could reach up to 4 inches in the northern stretch of the state, turning to freezing rain and drizzle as the storm heads east, according to the National Weather Service.
  For those who must travel Saturday night and Sunday morning, beware of slick road conditions.
• Leave early and take it slow—drive for the conditions.
• Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses, as these elevated surfaces freeze rapidly.
• Brake, steer and accelerate gently.
• Don’t drive distracted. Buckle Up Phone Down.
• Give snowplows room to work; don’t tailgate or try to pass.
  In addition, take proper winter safety precautions. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves, and provisions like water and snacks. If you encounter car troubles or are involved in a crash, please remain in your vehicle.
  Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android mobile devices.
  MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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