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Winter weather predicted to affect Wednesday, Thursday commutes

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is warning that light snow and freezing precipitation will impact driving conditions, including morning and evening commutes, for the next two days.

Single-digit temperatures and below zero wind chills also make clearing the roadways even more difficult as chemicals used to treat covered roads lose their effectiveness below 25 degrees.

MoDOT is urging drivers to plan to double or triple their average commute times once the precipitation starts. Snow is expected to start late on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and continue intermittently for 36 to 48 hours, ending late Thursday.

MoDOT is advising drivers to:

  • Fill their car’s gas tank.
  • Pack extra blankets and gloves and provisions, such as water and snacks, into their cars to have on hand in the event of an emergency.
  • Fully charge their cellphones before getting out on the road but never use their phones while driving.
  • Stay inside the vehicle with your seat belt buckled until help arrives in the event of a crash or other emergency, such as sliding off the roadway.
  • Check all current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones.

Drivers also can find road conditions and warnings by following MoDOT on Facebook and Twitter or by calling (888) ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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