The Missouri Department of Transportation said icy weather is expected late Saturday in southern Missouri. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory. 

The newest round of winter weather is moving into the state late tonight. Precipitation will begin around midnight in the southern areas and move throughout the state bringing rain, sleet, snow and freezing rain before ending early Sunday afternoon.

Ice is very difficult to treat while freezing rain continues to fall, MoDOT said Saturday afternoon.  Once ice forms, expect frozen pavement to remain slick until temperatures rise above freezing midday Sunday.

Travelers are advised to follow weather forecasts for their travel areas and to consult MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at before heading out the door. The map provides road conditions across the state and real-time traffic flow and traffic cameras on interstates.

Motorists should keep in mind that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first. MoDOT encourages drivers to remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:

  • Slow down and give yourself plenty of braking distance.
  • Steer and brake gently.
  • Accelerate slowly at intersections.
  • Allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Stay back 100 feet behind snow plows that may be spreading salt. Do not pass snow plows even when on a multi-lane road.

MoDOT also has a toll-free customer service line which is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A customer service representative can be reached by calling 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).       


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