JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a No Travel Advisory during the expected winter weather this week.
Heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected in the western, northern, and central portions of Missouri through Wednesday, making travel hazardous.
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High accumulations of snow areexpected north of U.S. 54, including Interstate 70 from Kansas City to Kingdom City, I-35, and I-29,
Areas including Columbia and Kirksville could see an accumulation of 8-13" of snow. Winds could top out at 30 miles per hour, creating drifts that will make travel hazardous even for four-wheel drive vehicles.
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"For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask everyone to avoid travel once this storm begins, unless it is a dire emergency," said Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. "This will be different from last week's storm. Strong winds will blow the snow around, creating a whiteout effect that makes travel extremely hazardous."
MoDOT crews will be able to work more quickly if other vehicles are not on the road.
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Anyone who must travel should bring a mobile phone and winter survival supplies with them. If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911.
The St. Louis area isexpected to see mainly rain after midnight, with the possibility of snow mixing in after mid-day on Tuesday.
For more information on road conditions, visit MoDOT's website.