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KSDK - Gov. Pat Quinn and the Missouri Department of Transportation distributed the following tips to NewsChannel 5 Friday in preparation for the onslaught of snow and winter weather expected to hit the bi-state area this weekend:

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You can read those tips below:

If you have to travel, be sure to have an emergency preparedness kit, which should include:

· a shovel, windshield scraper and small broom

· a flashlight, battery powered radio, and extra batteries

· water and snack food

· matches

· blankets, extra hats, socks and mittens

· first aid kit with pocket knife and any necessary medications

· tow chain or rope

· road salt and sand

· booster cables

· emergency flares

· fluorescent distress flag

Monitor road conditions


To monitor Missouri road conditions, go to www.modot.orgor call 1-888-ASKMODOT.

For Illinois road conditions, go to www.gettingaroundillinois.comor call I-800-452-IDOT.

Practice safe winter driving

  • Don't crowd snowplows – an operator's field of vision is restricted.
  • Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.
  • Watch out for black ice on roads that appear clear but can be treacherous. Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas - all are prone to black ice, which is often invisible.
  • Pull over and dial *999 for emergency roadway assistance

Tips for senior citizens

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