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Roads in Southwest Missouri Slick Due to Ice/Slush

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use extreme caution when out on the roadways today.  Freezing rain, sleet and snow are falling across Southwest Missouri, and winds are gusting to 35 mph at times.

According to MODOT, most state routes in Southwest Missouri, including I-44 and I-49, are partly covered to covered with ice and slush.  With the freezing rain and high winds, drivers might also encounter downed trees, tree limbs and power lines.

MODOT crews are working to treat roadways, but until the winter storm moves out of the area, crews will not be able to clear roadways.

If you have to be out, buckle up, adjust your speed to the icy conditions, stay at least 100 feet behind a truck that's plowing or salting the roads, don't drive over downed power lines, allow extra time to get where you're going and keep your windows clear. 

For road conditions, http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi.

For an update on weather, weather.gov.