ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – With winter weather expected in the area Thursday and overnight, Missouri Department of Transportation crews have geared up and some crews are already out dealing with some winter precipitation.
Phase 1 Snow Ordinance is effect for the City of Saint Joseph as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday. With the variability of the weather expected to move through Northwest Missouri over the next day, MoDOT said they will be carefully monitoring conditions.
MoDOT also wants to remind residents that even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. While crews work to treat and plow Missouri highways when winter weather hits, it’s important to allow extra time for travel, change plans as needed, and to check road conditions before you head out. Most crashes occur when motorists are going too fast for the current conditions. Remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:
- Drive for conditions
- Slow down.
- Steer and brake gently.
- Accelerate slowly at intersections.
- Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
- Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt. Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
As always, the first change drivers may notice will be on ramps, bridges and overpasses. Cold air is able to circulate above and below these structures, making them the first to have slick spots. Travelers should take their own precautions, as motorists’ winter driving skills may be a bit rusty. Slow down and make your braking or steering gradual, rather than sudden or extreme.
Check road conditions before you go. MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, at www.modot.org, provides current road conditions for Missouri’s interstates and major highways. Conditions for these routes are color coded to give you the information you need at a glance.
For smartphone and tablet users, the Traveler Information App brings the same information to mobile devices. The app is available for free from Apple App or the Google Play stores by searching for “MoDOT.”
MoDOT also provides road conditions information through their Customer Service Center. Dial 888 ASK MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak to a customer service representatives.