ST. LOUIS – With heavy snowfall expected, the Missouri Department of Transportation is warning motorists not to travel unless it’s necessary.

According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals could be as much as 10 inches in the St. Louis area and in parts of central and northeast Missouri. Isolated areas of the state could see even more snow.

LATEST WEATHER: Storm Alert | St. Louis area under winter storm warning

TRAFFIC: Click here for the latest traffic conditions

If you have to travel, use this winter car checklist


Here are some additional safety tips from MoDOT:

• Please wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted. Buckle Up Phone Down.

• Slow down and adjust your speed to the conditions. Do not use your cruise control.

• Steer and brake gently.

•  Accelerate slowly at intersections.

• Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

• Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt.

• Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.

MoDOT provides a 24-hour road conditions hotline via its customer service center. Commuters can speak to a live service representative at 888-ASK-MODOT.