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MODOT, IDOT officials urge people to restrict travel

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking the public to avoid traveling on the roadways due to ice, snow, and frigid temperatures. MoDOT is asking the public to restrict traveling to necessary trips only. 

MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth said the lower-than-expected temperatures, paired with wet conditions, made travel difficult Friday. 

"MoDOT crews and law enforcement worked throughout the night repeatedly freeing cars and trucks stuck on slick, hilly locations," Allmeroth said. 

Joe Monroe IDOT official told News 4 that everyone except official traffic should avoid the road.  He also said temperatures are near the bottom of the range where salt can still work.

News 4 reported throughout Friday the poor traveling conditions and heavy traffic brought on by Friday's weather conditions, most of which occurred during rush hour traffic. 

The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended through Saturday night at midnight. The 4Warn Storm team says the forecast calls for a windchill of -7 come Sunday morning. 

Those conditions will make traveling dangerous once more, Allmeroth said. 

"Pavements will change from wet tot ice in an instant, and our road treatment chemicals are not as effective in the extreme cold. Once the temperature drops below 20 degrees in your area today, motorists should strongly consider postponing their travel," Allmeroth said. 

MoDOT said highway digital signs will inform drivers of closings on the interstate highway, should they arise. 

For more information on road conditions, closing, or traffic speeds, head to the MoDOT website. 

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