Due to expected hazardous conditions from winter storm

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.