The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a “no travel advisory” for the duration of the storm, which will affect western, northern and central portions of the state.
The highest accumulations are expected north of U.S. 54, including Interstate 70 from Kansas City to Kingdom City, I-35 and I-29. Kansas City, Columbia and Kirksville could see 8 inches to 13 inches of snow.
“For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to avoid travel once this storm begins, unless it is a dire emergency,” Beth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer, says in a press release. “This will be different from last week’s storm. Strong winds will blow the snow around, creating a whiteout effect that makes travel extremely hazardous.”
The high rate of snowfall, coupled with 30 mph winds, can create drifts that will seriously challenge even four-wheel drive vehicles. “Blowing snow and high winds make it very difficult for MoDOT crews to clear roads,” she says. “If there are no other vehicles on the roadways, we have a much better chance of making progress so traffic can get moving again.”
MoDOT recommends that motorists who must travel bring a mobile phone and winter survival supplies. Those who become stranded are urged to stay in their vehicles, but should be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching people in the hazardous weather.
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. The map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and highways. Users can zoom in to a particular location, check live weather radar, and view images from MoDOT’s traffic cameras and message boards. MoDOT also provides road condition information through our 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.