The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers that continued frigid temperatures and wind-chill is leaving minor routes partially covered with snow. Motorists are cautioned to travel with care.
While MoDOT crews continue to work clearing roadways, they have been unable to fully utilize anti-icing treatments due to the extreme low temperatures. “Once the temperature drops near zero and below, salt and other anti-icing treatments become ineffective and can refreeze on the roadways; making travel that much more difficult. On major routes, a higher volume of traffic helps to warm the pavement, allowing us to utilize these treatments,” said South Central Maintenance Operations Engineer Chris Rutledge.
Minor routes are expected to remain partially covered until temperatures are sustained well above zero. With record cold temperatures in the forecast through the weekend, motorists should continue to travel with caution in these areas.