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      Road crews prepare for 'Winter Storm 2013 Round Two'

      Road crews brace for Winter Storm 2013 Round Two.
      Road crews are preparing for Winter Storm 2013 Round Two. It's expected to hit less than a week after mid Missouri was blanketed with snow and ice. As the storm looms, the Missouri Department of Transportation is transferring equipment and personnel to central and northern Missouri, according to a news release. ??MoDOT is prepared and will activate crews to plow and treat roads as soon as possible,?? said Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. ??Unfortunately, the combination of strong winds and heavy snowfall means whiteout conditions may occur. That makes travel extremely hazardous and makes clearing roads very difficult.??MoDOT suggests those needing to get to work or other appointments should try to adjust their schedules so they don't have to be on the roads during the storm.In the release, MoDOT also advised drivers of delivery trucks, tractor-trailers, and other high-profile vehicles to be aware of the potential for high winds during the heaviest snowfall. MoDOT recommends these vehicles be prepared to take a break at the nearest accommodating exit at the first sign of trouble or low visibility. Travel kits are a good idea if you have to be out in the storm. MoDOT suggests packing food, water, blankets, and a flashlight with fresh batteries in your kit. To see how the road conditions are around Missouri, click here.