The National Weather Service and state Transportation Department are discouraging unnecessary travel tonight through tomorrow morning in the wake of today’s winter storm.

MODOT Maintenance Engineer Tim Chojnacki says Missourians need to remain cautious.

“Because of the high winds, driving’s still going to be treacherous and the cold temperatures could lead to some re-freeze of some of the roads overnight so travel will still be dangerous for a while.”

Meteorologist Doug Tilly offers this outlook for the rest of the night.

“It’s going to be pretty chilly, especially compared to the rather mild beginning to the winter we’ve had. It looks like overnight lows will be somewhere between 15 and 20 degrees depending on where you’re at. Farther north where there’s a little bit more snow we’re expected to reach all the way down to around 10 degrees.”

The Transportation Department offers its traveler information map for the latest road condition updates and the Highway Patrol has an emergency phone number for people needing assistance, at (800) 525-5555 or *55 from a cellular phone.