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Winter storm creates treacherous conditions

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising drivers to stay home if at all possible during this weekend's winter storm.

Another major winter storm entered Missouri on Saturday evening, bringing freezing rain, sleet, snow and bitterly cold temperatures. Due to expected hazardous conditions, MoDOT has issued a "no travel advisory" starting Saturday night and extending through Sunday.

The precipitation will transition to all snow by 3 a.m. Sunday. KCTV5 will have extended special winter blast coverage starting at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday. This storm will impact travel across the entire state, with a chance for up to 10 inches of snow in the Kansas City area and northeast portion of the state. The rest of the state will have lesser amounts of snow, but could have more ice accumulation and high winds.

Winds are expected to be 10-20 mph throughout much of the storm with gusts to 30 mph at the end of the storm, particularly in southeast Missouri. Sub-zero low temperatures are predicted for the northern half of the state Sunday, with highs not expected to reach much more than 10 degrees.

"For your safety and the safety of our crews, we're asking that once this storm hits your region of the state, you avoid travel unless it is a dire emergency," said Elizabeth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. "Snow is predicted to be heavy at times and when accompanied by ice and the extremely low temperatures it makes travel extremely hazardous."

"Blowing snow and high winds make it very difficult for MoDOT crews to clear roads," Wright said. "If there are no other vehicles on the roadways, we have a much better chance of making progress so traffic can get moving again."

According to KC Scout, a number of wrecks have been reported Saturday evening as soon as sleet began to blanket the roadways.

As of 6:30 p.m. wrecks were reported on Interstate 35 southbound past Mission Road and Interstate 435 southbound before Front Street. The I-435 wreck involved two vehicles and closed the two left lanes of the highway.

Scout also reported a multi-vehicle wreck on southbound Interstate 470 past southbound Route 291, which closed the left lane.

Should you attempt to travel during this storm, bring your mobile phone and winter survival supplies. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you.

Stay with KCTV5 News for the latest updates.

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