Mid-Missouri Prepares for Harsh Weather Conditions This Weekend

3 years 1 month 1 day ago December 20, 2013 Dec 20, 2013 Friday, December 20 2013 Friday, December 20, 2013 2:02:00 PM CST in News
By: Jessica Park, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri residents are being advised of harsh weather conditions expected over the weekend.

Freezing rain, snow and flash flood warnings are all in this weekend's forecast. KOMU 8 News spoke with Mike Schupp from the Missouri Department of Transportation about what he advises people should do.

"We just ask that people please drive slowly, do not follow the vehicle in front of you quickly, do not slam on your breaks, [and] accelerate decelerate slowly," Schupp said.

MoDOT has 225 trucks in the central district area and approximately 20-25 trucks in Boone County prepared to keep the roads safe.

He said this weekend may be busier because of the Christmas holiday coming up next week, but he advises for people who don't have to drive, to stay home.

Boone County Public Works and Columbia Public Works will both have crews pre-treating the main roads before the freezing rain begins early Sunday morning.

Unlike the past, Columbia Public Works will use a combination of salt and a traction materials to keep the roads less icy.

Schupp has several pieces of advice for those who will be driving over the weekend:

1. Be prepared and expect the unexpected

2. Make sure your cellphone is charged

3. Have a blanket, first aid kit and water in the car in case you have an accident

4. Drive slowly

5. Leave earlier than usual to get to your destination

6. Stay home if you can

Columbia Public Works will have updates on weather and road conditions on its website, Boone County Public Works will have route maps on its website  and MoDOT will also have a traveler information up on its website.

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