JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri  – Motorists should avoid travel if possible in Missouri late Thursday night through Sunday due to incoming significant amounts of freezing rain, sleet and ice, MoDOT says. Travel on Missouri’s roads should be avoided overnight Thursday into Friday through Sunday. Friday morning rush hour commutes will be impacted by the freezing rain across most of Missouri.

“MoDOT crews will be out ahead of the storm using a mixture of chemicals and abrasives including salt brine and salt,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. “Ice is the most difficult storm to fight. With large areas of the state expected to get a half inch or more, it can cause downed power lines and potential roadway closures. Motorists should avoid travel this weekend if at all possible.”

 

Many universities and colleges across the state begin next Tuesday. Students are advised to avoid travel this weekend and consider travel after the ice storm is clear and conditions improve.

If a section of highway is shut down for extended periods, motorists should heed the warnings on the digital signs and exit the highway at the next available exit. To check road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, please check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as a free app on iTunes and Google play listed as MoDOT Traveler Information. MoDOT’s customer service center is available for information 24 hours a day at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

 

“All week, our crews have been gathering chain saws, chippers and other equipment that will be important when we have downed trees from the ice accumulation,” Allmeroth said. “If there are power outages, please treat dark signals as a four-way stop. Stay away from downed lines.”

When roads get icy, please consider putting chains on vehicles if you have to travel. Please use proper winter safety precautions and make sure you have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves and provisions like water and snacks. Please wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted. Leave plenty of space behind other vehicles and give snow plows room to work. If you encounter car troubles or are involved in a crash, please remain in your vehicle.

 
Laclede  Electric members are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages:

  • Keep a battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries on hand.
  • Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene
    heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from
    building up in your home.
  • Have a supply of bottled water. Have items on hand that don’t require refrigeration and
    can be eaten without cooking or preparation.
  • If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical
    equipment, review your family emergency plan for back-up power, or make
    arrangements to relocate when a warning is issued. Make sure to have enough
    prescription medicines on hand.
  • If you plan to use a portable generator, now would be a good time to make certain the
    generator is in proper working order. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
    Never connect a portable generator to your home’s electrical system without a proper
    transfer switch.

 

 

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Posted by Eric Greitens on Friday, January 13, 2017