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Public works monitoring conditions ahead of expected winter weather

MoDOT snow plow


The Columbia Department of Public Works is getting ready for winter weather moving in New Year's Eve.

Ashlyn Sherman, a spokesperson for the public works department, said they are currently monitoring forecasts for not only the type of precipitation but also its timing.

The type of treatment will depend on the precipitation.

Sherman said the department may utilize a combination of beet juice
brine, pre-wetted salt and brine solution, salt or a combination of the

Columbia Public Works Tweeted guidance from the Missouri Department of Transportation, reminding drivers to pay extra attention to road conditions and to check the MoDOT Traveler's Map before taking to the road.

MoDOT has winter driving tips on its website, reminding drivers to take it slowly and leave extra room to brake.

The department says if possible, postpone travel until roads have been plowed, treated and cleared. 

There are also a few measures drivers can take to prepare for the expected winter weather.

Preparing your vehicle could be important if you get stranded or into a wreck.

First-Aid kits, jumper cables, water and sand are all items MoDOT recommends equipping your car with.

Blankets are also recommended, in the event your car breaks down and you need to keep warm.

If your car does break down or is involved in a wreck, MoDOT advises citizens to remain in their cars.

If you don't feel comfortable driving, the department says you can always pull off the highway and find a safe place to park.

ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Center / ABC 17-KMIZ / Severe Weather / Top Stories / Transportation / Weather / Weather Alert Day / Winter Weather
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