JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Another major winter storm is making its way
into Missouri, bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds across much of the
state on Feb. 25-26. Due to expected hazardous conditions, the Missouri
Department of Transportation has issued a "no travel advisory" for the
duration of the event.
This storm 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 8-13 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," said
Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. "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," said Wright. "If there are no other vehicles on the
roadways, we have a much better chance of making progress so traffic can
get moving again."
Should you attempt to travel, bring your mobile phone and winter
survival supplies. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and
call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching
Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT's
Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org, or through
MoDOT's new smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. The
map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and
highways. You 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.