Road crews advise drivers to stay off the roads due to bitter cold temps, snow this weekend

MoDOT says to stay off the roads during weekend weather event

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Transportation is telling drivers to stay off the roads this weekend (Jan. 19-20) due to bitter cold and forecasted snow.

A First Alert Action Day for Saturday, January 19 due to the impact expected from a very strong storm system moving into the area.

Winds gust and potential dry snow could cause drifting. Wind chills are expected in the single digits.

Drivers planning on going to the Chiefs game in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday should plan accordingly.

The clean-up from this storm will take longer according to MoDOT.

Chemicals used to treat the roads lose their effectiveness below 25 degrees.

Illinois State Police are also warning drivers in the state to be weather aware.

ISP offers these tips if you must travel:

If you must travel, the ISP recommends that you:

  • Move over and slow down for emergency vehicles, including snowplows. 
  • Make sure someone is aware of your travel route. 
  • Dress warmly.  Choose layers of clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies. 
  • Ensure you keep plenty of gas in your tank in case your vehicle becomes stranded.   
  • Clear ice and snow from your vehicle windows and lights. 
  • Don’t crowd the plow.  Remember, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you. 
  • Watch out for black ice.  Roads that appear clear may be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas – all are prone to black ice. 
  • Have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, a flashlight, an ice scraper, blankets, gloves, food items, water, and a first-aid kit. 
  • Carry a cell phone and a charger. 
  • Always wear a safety belt.

KYTC District 1 Snow and Ice Team has alerted crews to be prepared to respond as the system arrives over the area. Rain will prohibit pre-treating of roadways for this event.

The main threat for freezing precipitation in the Paducah, Ky. area is expected between about 4-9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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