Jan 10, 2020 8:46 PM

MoDOT cautions against driving until storm passes

Posted Jan 10, 2020 8:46 PM

by Sarah Thomack

St. Joseph Post

The Missouri Department of Transportation activated its winter weather procedure before Friday afternoon.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.

MoDOT Northwest District Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Tonya Lohman says, as of 1 p.m., there were already slick conditions up in the Atchison County area.

“I’m grateful that a lot of the school districts let out early and sent kids on home, so hopefully they’ll all be home and safe and we don’t have to worry about buses being out there,” Lohman says. “I’m encouraging other folks, if they can, leave early and get on home and that way everybody’s in their home and we can take care of the roads when they do start turning really bad.”

Lohman says if the area gets the winter storm that’s predicted with snow on top of ice, she anticipates MoDOT will be out treating roads through Sunday. Lohman says, however, travel conditions should be better for the Chiefs game Sunday afternoon.

“Hopefully we’ll have everything cleared off and everybody can travel safely. It’s a good thing it’s a 2 o’clock game so that will give people time to get up and leave,” Lohman says. “If you’re going to another venue, roads should be cleared off enough that you can get to your cousin’s house or the restaurant or bar that you’re going to meet friends at, that should be fine. Especially in town in St. Joe or Maryville, somewhere like that, those areas should be even more clear.”

Lohman says if travel is necessary this weekend to check weather and road conditions and travel slowly and be prepared. You can find MoDOT Traveler Information Map at modot.org/northwest or through MoDOT’s smartphone app.

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Winter storm warning in effect tonight through Saturday

A winter storm will bring a whole assortment of hazards today and continuing through Saturday. Thunderstorms bringing heavy rain today will cause flash flood concerns across central Missouri. A wintry mix will begin to impact northwest Missouri later this morning and areas further south and east later tonight as colder air pushes into the region. A combination of freezing rain, sleet, and snow will quickly create hazardous driving conditions across much of the region with the heaviest snowfall expected across portions of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. Here’s the 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 4 p.m., then freezing rain between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., then freezing rain, possibly mixed with sleet after 5 p.m. High near 35. Breezy, with a northeast wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Tonight: Snow, possibly mixed with sleet, becoming all snow after 9pm. Patchy blowing snow before midnight, then patchy blowing snow after 3am. Low around 16. Blustery, with a north wind 18 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday: Snow before 5pm, then snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow before noon. High near 22. Wind chill values between -1 and 7. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow after noon, mixing with freezing rain after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.