Motorists Advised to Stay Home During Latest Winter Storm

Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO – High winds and blowing snow across much of the

state means motorists are advised to stay home and avoid travel until this
storm ends.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a “no travel
advisory” for the duration of this storm, which is expected to continue
through the day on Sunday, Jan. 5 and through the night.
“For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to
avoid travel once this storm begins, unless it is an emergency,” said Ed
Hassinger, MoDOT Chief Engineer. “Strong winds are blowing the snow around,
and it’s creating a whiteout effect that makes it very difficult to see and
makes travel extremely hazardous.”

The snowfall, coupled with 35-40 mph wind gusts, can create drifts
that will seriously challenge even four-wheel drive vehicles.
“With the snow, high winds, and extreme cold, it’s going to be a
challenge for MoDOT to clear our state routes,” said Hassinger. “If there
are no other vehicles on the roadways, we have a much better chance of
making progress so traffic can get moving again.”
When temperatures dip this low, getting stranded on the side of the
road can be very dangerous. Before you head out, equip your vehicle with an
emergency kit and let a friend or family member know when and where you’re
traveling. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911.

Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you.

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