JEFFERSON CITY – With winter weather making its way into the mid-Missouri area, the Missouri Department of Transportation encourages motorists to limit travel during the storm. MoDOT crews are treating state routes and preparing for heavy snow forecast for the next few days.  If possible, consider postponing your trip until the storm is over and roads are clear. If you do have to get out, equip your car with a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra blankets, sand to use for traction under your tires, and other items to help in an emergency.  Remember to slow down and adjust how you accelerate and brake to suit driving conditions, always wear your seat belt, and double the space you leave between you and the next vehicle.

Before you travel, log onto www.modot.org to view an online Traveler Information Map, which gives an updated view of weather-related road conditions for major Missouri highways. Motorists can also call MoDOT’s customer service center for road conditions at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The toll-free phone line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.