A weather system moving through the state late Thursday and into Friday could create slippery driving conditions across the state, notably during Friday's morning and evening commutes, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Following the quick-hitting round of snow and a blast of cold Canadian air at midweek, a potent storm system will take aim at the central United States before the week concludes, AccuWeather meteorologists say.
Precipitation will begin falling overnight Thursday into Friday morning in the southwest portion of the state and move to the northeast throughout the day producing up to 3 inches of snow and a half-inch of ice.
Like snow over the northern tier, a glaze of ice is forecast over a broad area of the Central states with this storm. "Parts of northwestern Texas and western Oklahoma, as well as portions of Missouri, southeastern Iowa and central Illinois may have enough ice on trees to raise the risk of power outages as well," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Travis.
MoDOT urges motorists to exercise extreme caution on morning and evening commutes and consider avoiding driving if possible for the duration of this winter storm. The storm is expected to change to all rain before moving out of the state late Friday, creating the possibility of refreezing of wet roads overnight Friday into Saturday.
MoDOT work crews will be out Thursday night treating ahead of the storm, but drivers should use caution as road conditions could deteriorate rapidly whenever freezing precipitation is falling. It only takes a little bit of ice to create slippery roads, the department notes.
To check road conditions, visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.