Freezing drizzle expected Thursday morning in Pettis County

Democrat Staff

Democrat Staff

After receiving about an inch of snow overnight in Sedalia, there is another chance of some icy winter weather Thursday.

“(Thursday) we could expect to see a very light glazing of freezing drizzle, that could start as early as 5 a.m.,” Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said via email. “Even though it may be a light glazing, it could still make things very slick for the morning commute.”

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a news release Wednesday afternoon, advising drivers to avoid travel Wednesday evening through Thursday due to expected icy road conditions during morning and afternoon rush hours Thursday.

“MoDOT crews will be out ahead of the storm and will run all routes using ice-clearing chemicals along with abrasives, concentrating on the heaviest traveled roads first including I-49, I-44, Route 60, Route 65, etc.,” the release states. “However, despite their best efforts, crews will not be able to keep roads from icing over as the storm sets up over southwest Missouri. As long as there is precipitation in the area, roads will remain slick.

“As they can, crews will treat hills, curves and intersections on lesser traveled roads.”

If drivers must be on the roads, MoDOT requests that they give plows ample room to work by staying back at least 100 feet from the back of a plow and avoid passing the trucks. MoDOT crews will stay on the roads as long as progress is being made and crews remain safe.

To find the most up-to-date road conditions in Missouri, check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map. MoDOT also has a free Traveler Information mobile app for smartphones.

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