MODOT prepares for expected winter weather

With the snow Friday and chances for more Saturday, the weather is on everyone's minds.

Marisa Ellison works for MODOT of northeast Missouri as the Customer Relations Manager, and says crews are working around the clock.

"Our guys are all out plowing snow," Ellison. "They have been all morning, they will be out all night, and they will probably be out all day tomorrow."

And that's the standard procedure says Ellison.

When snow hits the region, MODOT's priority is to make sure traffic isn't stalled.

"That's the whole goal, to keep people moving on our highways safely," Ellison said. "That's why we're out there. This is why tax-payers pay us, we're out there to keep them moving from one place to another. Whether they're a semi-driver delivering goods or they're on their way to work, or the school kids trying to get home from school. That's our job and our folks take it very seriously."

Ellison says it's a constant cycle for workers to push snow, lay down salt, and keep traffic moving.

Driving in bad conditions is discouraged, both for your safety, and to help the snow plows clear roads.

Ellison shared a tip that she says will help the public, and MODOT when it comes to wintry weather.

"Folks need to really take some personal responsibility to drive slower, don't go if you don't have to, and always wear your seat belt," Ellison said.

Ellison also shared that MODOT encourages the public to let them know if roads aren't clear, or if something like a stop sign is knocked down.

Your can reach MODOT by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT.

And as always, 24/7 you can visit KHQA for a complete list of closings and cancellations.