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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Weekend Storm Means Snow-Covered Roads. . . Again

  • Another weekend, another chance for snow. Missouri 

Department of Transportation crews are used to this kind of schedule, and 

they’ll be out in force to plow and treat state roadways no matter when the 

snow hits. 


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  • Another weekend, another chance for snow. Missouri 

Department of Transportation crews are used to this kind of schedule, and 

they’ll be out in force to plow and treat state roadways no matter when the 

snow hits. 

    The weekend forecast adds a level of difficulty for MoDOT’s snowplow 

drivers, because the extreme cold and windy conditions may make it tougher 

to make progress and improve road conditions. 

    “At 30 degrees, one pound of salt will melt 46 pounds of ice, but 

that same pound of salt will melt less than four pounds of ice when it’s 

zero degrees,” said Beth Wright, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer. “Add in 

the high winds that will blow snow back onto roadways, and we may face a 

truly challenging storm.” 

    Those bitter temperatures don’t just make plowing snow more 

difficult. They also make it more hazardous for crews and motorists. MoDOT 

employees take extra precautions to be safe from extremely cold 

temperatures, and so should motorists. 

    “If you have to travel during this storm, please be prepared and 

extra cautious,” said Wright. “When temperatures dip this low, getting 

stranded on the side of the road can be very dangerous.” 

    Before you travel, equip your vehicle with an emergency kit that 

includes: 

       
    • a shovel, windshield scraper and small broom 

    • a flashlight, battery powered radio, and extra batteries 

    • water and snack food 

    • matches 

    • blankets, extra hats, socks and mittens 

    • first aid kit with pocket knife and any necessary medications
    • tow chain or rope 

    • road salt and sand
    • booster cables
    • emergency flares
    • fluorescent distress flag 


    Check out additional extreme cold weather tips from the Federal Emergency 

Management Agency at http://m.fema.gov/winter-storms-extreme-cold.
    One of the best ways to prepare for winter travel is to check MoDOT’s 

Traveler Information Map, located at www.modot.org. The map offers 

real-time views of road conditions for Missouri’s interstates and major 

highways.
    For smartphone and tablet users, MoDOT’s Traveler Information App 

brings the same information to your mobile devices. Users can select road 

condition and work zone options from the map’s legend, and view the same 

cameras and message boards found on desktop version of the map. The app is 

available for free at the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace.
    Travelers can also pick up the phone and call MoDOT’s toll-free 
customer service center at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). Customer service 

representatives are available to give road conditions updates 24 hours a 

day, seven days a week.

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