Road crews prep for winter storm
COLUMBIA - Road crews throughout Missouri are out prepping ahead of ice storm
MoDOT issued a winter weather advisory for reduced travel in Missouri ahead of the storm.
The department advised motorists to avoid travel in Missouri Thursday night through Sunday in anticipation for “incoming significant amounts of freezing rain, sleet and ice,” according to the news release.
The freezing rain is expected throughout the state and rush hour commutes for Friday morning will be largely impacted, according to MoDOT.
MoDOT crews will be out before the storm comes using a combination of chemicals and salt mixtures to treat the roads.
Due to many university and college classes starting this upcoming Tuesday, MoDOT is encouraging students to avoid commuting this weekend and consider arriving after the ice storm has cleared.
MoDOT asks that if a part of a highway is closed for extended amounts of time, for drivers to follow the warnings and exit the highway.
MoDOT offers a traveler information map for people to check road conditions, winter weather conditions and traffic speeds.
In addition MoDOT is advising motorists to consider putting chains on cars if they have to travel when roads are icy.
People should also use winter safety precautions and make sure to have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves as well as water and snacks.
MoDOT is encouraging drivers to wear seat belts, avoid driving distracted, leave plenty of space behind other cars and give snow plows room.
If people have trouble with their cars or get into a crash, they should stay in the car, according to MoDOT.
The City of Columbia is also prepping for the winter storm and Columbia's Public Works Department offered tips to be aware of.