Missouri drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously Wednesday morning, as icy road conditions may occur.
Pettis County is on the edge of a winter weather system and could see some light icing starting around 5 a.m. Wednesday and lasting until around 9 a.m., with the possibility of light snow.
“Even a very light glaze of ice is enough to create a serious driving hazard,” said Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert. “As always, bridges are very susceptible to icy conditions when the road may not be. Use caution while driving, slow down and remember four-wheel drive means nothing in ice.”
According to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release, “any time temperatures approach freezing and precipitation is in the air, ice may form on driving surfaces, particularly on bridges and overpasses where cold air circulates above and below the structure. MoDOT crews are watching the weather closely, and will be out (Tuesday night) in anticipation.”
Those drivers who can’t avoid driving Wednesday morning can check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at modot.org/map for highway conditions across the state.
MoDOT offered these tips for motorists who must drive during icy conditions:
• Make sure your gas tank is full.
• Carry an emergency kit with blankets, a flashlight, energy bars and water.
• Allow plenty of time.
• Always buckle up, everyone, every time.
• Double the distance you normally would leave behind vehicles in front of you.