JEFFERSON CITY — MoDOT supervisor Kyle Fischer said Friday MoDOT feels prepared for the weekend of snow ahead.
"It has taken all week to get all of the equipment ready," he said. "We haven't seen snow like this for a few years. Its taken us awhile but we stayed focused on it and got everything ready."
The storm is expected to go throughout the entire weekend, hitting some central Missouri areas with up to 16 inches of snow.
Fischer said there are always slide-offs when driving on roads covered with snow, but said he has been surprised to see people being mindful of the snow plows on the road.
"We're seeing a lot of slide-offs but people are driving slow and driving cautiously so we appreciate that," he said. "We also appreciate people staying behind the plows and not passing us."
Fischer said he urges people to avoid driving on the roads during these weather conditions, and said it benefits both the safety of MoDOT drivers and people on the roads.
"If nobody has to travel, please stay at home," he said. "It's a lot safer if we are out there by ourselves."
Fischer said the storm and the roads are about what he expected to see. He said the conditions severely worsened from Friday morning to Friday night, but said they feel prepared with staffing and plows to keep the roads as clear as possible.