ST. LOUIS — Residents in the area are being asked to drive carefully or stay home if they can Friday morning because of a winter weather system that's bringing snow and some slick conditions on the roads.
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MoDOT officials said crews started treating the roadways early Friday morning and they'll continue to do so as needed throughout the morning and early afternoon.
If you have to hit the streets, there’s a great tool to help you know what to expect. Check out MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map. (Note: If you click the link on your cell phone, you might be prompted to download MoDOT's app to view the map)
How to see road conditions
When you open the map, it has a look at road conditions throughout the state. Each color has a different meaning:
- Green: Clear
- Light blue: Mostly clear
- Blue: Partly covered
- Purple: Covered
- Red: Closed
You can zoom in to see the status of state highways and busier roads near you.
How to watch live traffic cameras
There’s also a way to see live cameras. MoDOT has hundreds of them positioned along exits and intersections throughout Missouri.
The important thing to note here is that you have to toggle on the “Traffic Camera” option on the left side of the page to see the available cameras. From there, zoom in or out to select livestreams along your route or in your neighborhood.
MoDOT officials have the ability to pan, tilt and zoom some of the cameras, so individual camera shots can vary from time to time.
The transportation department has an app with access to the same live conditions and cameras.
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MoDOT’s cameras and road conditions are focused on main thoroughfares throughout the state. Residential roads and smaller neighborhood streets aren’t included.
MoDOT offered the following tips for anyone who does need to drive in the wintry weather Thursday:
- Be cautious of slowed or stalled traffic
- Give road crews plenty of room to work – snowplows are wider than they look – don’t try to pass them
- If you become stranded, stay inside your vehicle until help arrives
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