Check travel conditions in the Heartland
(KFVS) - Rounds of mixed, icy wintry precipitation has created slick roadways in the Heartland.
A mix of sleet and snow fell across our northern counties on Monday and Tuesday.
Farther south across our central counties, a mix of sleet and freezing rain.
Another light glazing is possible in our southern counties Thursday morning.
No matter the type of precipitation, this icy precipitation is causing travel problems.
Transportation officials are urging drivers to stay home and limit travel.
Missouri State Highway Patrol is stressing drivers need to slow down in these conditions and to wear their seat belt.
On Wednesday morning, MSHP Sgt. Clark Parrott said Highway 60 from the Poplar Bluff City limits to Route T in Butler County was shutdown because multiple semis jackknifed and multiple more vehicles were off the side of the highway. Sgt. Parrott said some semi truck drivers are traveling too fast for conditions and they have crashed into tow trucks and police cars.
He added first responders have been dealing with wrecks all night and through Wednesday morning on Interstate 55 and Interstate 57.
Crews also responded to dozens of slide-offs Monday and Tuesday.
They are urging those who are traveling to slow down and wear their seat belt.
Black ice is also a threat because temperatures are below freezing and there hasn’t been much sunshine.
Any melting is also refreezing overnight.
If you can’t stay home and have to get out, make sure to check road conditions before you go.
Roads are not the only slick areas. Sidewalks and parking lots are also icy.
If you are involved in a crash, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recommends staying inside your vehicle, with a seat belt buckled, until help arrives.
They also suggest keeping your cellphone fully charged, having a full tank of gas and keeping blanket, gloves, water and snacks in the vehicle, just in case there is an emergency.
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) also urges drivers not to get distracted and focus on driving safely.
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