A wintry storm mix caused MoDOT and Missouri State Highway Patrol to close segments of Interstate 70 and Interstate 44 in outstate Missouri earlier today.
Pockets of that same storm have been in the St. Louis area since early morning and are expected to worsen. In the St. Louis metropolitan region, Franklin County received nearly 10 inches of snow during morning and afternoon hours and conditions are expected to worsen due to the
potential for “white out” or zero visibility conditions.
“Sleet, significant snow accumulation, strong wind gusts and snow drifts are creating hazardous driving conditions and more snow is expected in the St. Louis area between 5 p.m. and midnight tonight for our area,” said Ed Hassinger, district engineer for MoDOT.
The National Weather Service predicts 6 to 12 inches of snow will cover the region, including St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin County before the storm ends Tuesday evening.
MoDOT and Missouri State Highway Patrol has urged motorists to limit travel for the duration of this storm and warn that roads can quickly become impassable or closed in these conditions.
- In the Cooper, Boone and Callaway area, MoDOT closed that area of Interstate 70 (from Route 65 to Route 54) due to the severity of the storm.
- Interstate 44 at the Missouri/ Oklahoma state line was closed.
- Motorists who do travel should know that snow accumulations are expected to increase quickly, maybe 2-3 inches per hour and roads conditions will deteriorate quickly.
- Drifting snow and wind gusts up to 35 mph could result in near zero visibility or “white out” conditions.
- Motorists who become stranded or stalled should remain in their vehicles until help arrives.