MoDOT: A fast-moving cold front makes travel challenging in Missouri
MoDOT -- By 2 pm, Thursday, Jan. 11, a quick-moving cold front had made its way from Northern to Central Missouri and wintry mix is covering roads in the extreme northwest and northern areas of the state. Black ice is a concern where freezing temperatures meet wet pavement. The front will continue moving south/southeast through the evening, bringing temperatures down by about 20 degrees in a matter of an hour or so.
We're told to expect 30 mph gusts from the northwest through the evening in the north. Those traveling Interstate 70 and parts south will continue to fight winds through tomorrow morning.
Southeast Missouri will be the last to experience the quick temperature drop. Instead of the wintry mix other areas receive, forecasters call for ice. In extreme Southeast Missouri, we're told there could be a quarter-inch of ice by the time the disturbance ends. Be EXTRA CAREFUL if traveling I-55 and other highways in the area.
Professional drivers should take care when driving, and when exiting and walking around their trucks. As they report to equipment sheds, our crews are reminding each other to be mindful of slip hazards -- they want to pass that message to professional drivers, too. Take care when entering and exiting the cab and on pavement that might be glazed.