St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The Missouri Department of Transportation is closing Interstate 70 from Wentzville to Kansas City, after already closing segments of the interstate earlier Tuesday.
I-70 had been closed in Boone, Cooper and Callaway counties due to whiteout conditions.
In addition, a segment of I-44 has been closed in outstate Missouri. I-44 has been closed at the Missouri/Oklahoma state line, all the way to Springfield.
It's unknown how long the closure will last.
MoDOT and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are advising people not to travel. Most state highways are covered with snow making travel dangerous. Some areas of the state have received up to 12 inches of snow, with more accumulations expected.
A "white out" refers to low or zero visibility driving conditions.
"This is not a good time to be on the road," MoDOT Director of System Management Don Hillis said. "Almost all of the state is covered with snow and some areas are receiving ice, making some roads impassable. Please stay home if you can."
MoDOT is coordinating its emergency response operations with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency and other partners.
If you do have to travel, MoDOT urges you to plan ahead, take your time and know what you're up against by checking local news sources and the department's Traveler Information Map. Located at http://www.modot.org/, the map gives drivers an up-to-the-minute view of road conditions for major Missouri highways. Conditions for major routes across the state are color-coded to give visitors the information they need at a glance.
Travelers can also call MoDOT's toll-free number, 888-275-6636, to get road condition information.