High Winds Make Traveling Tough for Mo. Motorists
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising motorists—especially those driving high-profile vehicles and commercial trucks—that wind gusts in excess of 50 mph are forecasted in the northern half of the state until late tonight.
Officials stated in a press release that sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected through early Friday morning. Winds at this speed can blow vehicles off course and cause tractor trailers to overturn.
In addition to these hazards, winds are reportedly blowing fallen snow onto highway lanes, making it difficult for snowplow operators to gain the upper hand. MoDOT officials said that everyone should expect to see plows in operation well after snowfall ends and advises motorists to give them plenty of room to work.
If you have plans to travel, MoDOT asks to think ahead by:
- Wearing your seatbelt;
- Adjusting your speed to road and weather conditions;
- Placing plenty of room between your vehicle and others on the road;
- Keeping both hands on the wheel and do not use cruise control;
- Keeping an emergency travel kit in your vehicle; and
- Letting someone know the route you plan to travel and when you are expected to arrive.
Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org for the latest road conditions. The map is updated continuously.