snowy road during daytime
snowy road during daytime
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Road conditions are bad this morning across the lake and most of the state.

MODOT reports that all roads in the Lake Area are covered and some could be impassible at this time, especially those rock roads in low lying areas where the temperature is even colder.

While the department is out putting down mixtures of salt, sand or beat juice, most of that product may not work as fast with the temperatures as low as they are and it could take time for the roads to recover.

Conditions on the Lake are not good either, with most coves currently frozen over and impassable at this time.

That’s making it challenging for dock crews and the water patrol, as some boat lifts are experiencing failures and boats are ended up in the water or out on the lake.

 

MoDOT: Get where you’re going ahead of incoming snowfall, stay put

Drivers should avoid traveling in Sunday and Monday’s winter weather

JEFFERSON CITY – Accumulating snowfall will affect driving conditions for most of the state in the coming days. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to get wherever they need to be ahead of the storm and avoid traveling during these coming waves of snowfall Sunday and Monday.  

According to the National Weather Service, many areas of the state could see anywhere from 2-6 inches of snow, with the highest amounts expected along and south of I-70, starting Sunday morning. Some areas may see a lull in snowfall Sunday afternoon, but a second wave in the evening will bring steady snow, likely lasting through Monday. Monday morning and evening commutes will be impacted. Drivers who must travel in these conditions should plan ahead and allow extra time to take it slow, and remember to also:

  • Buckle up.
  • Stay alert—phones down.
  • See and be seen—if your wipers are on, your headlights should be on.
  • Give snowplows room to work. Don’t tailgate or try to pass.

This snowfall will again be accompanied by dangerously cold temperatures. If you must travel during the storm, make sure to have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves, and provisions like water and snacks in the event of an emergency. Keep your cellphone charged, but do not use it while driving. In the event of a crash, stay buckled inside your vehicle until help arrives.

Travelers can stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at traveler.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s free smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. You can also find road conditions and warnings 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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