Warren County, MO, is under a winter weather advisory until midnight January 9, 2024, with up to 3 inches of snow expected, according to the National Weather Service.
11:52 p.m. update: The Wright City R-II school district has also canceled school on Tuesday. The day will be made up Feb. 19, according to a post on the district's Facebook page.
8:28 p.m. update: According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway TT in Warren County is closed due to road conditions from the winter storm. The roads are curvy and hilly and drivers are advised to stay on major roads. Please use alternate routes and refer to MoDOT's online traveler map at www.modot.org for updates.
The Warren County R-III school district has also canceled all classes on Tuesday, according to a post on the district's Facebook page.
Warren County is under a winter wather advisory until midnight Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
According to the advisory, total snow accumulations are expected to be between 1 and 3 inches, and winds will gust as high as 40 miles per hour.
This will cause hazardous and slipper road conditions that could affect Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.
Heavy winds would also cause tree branches to fall.
Warren County Emergency Management Director Jim Sharp previously offered these tips for driving in winter weather:
His first main recommendation is not to get on the roads in the first place.
“As far as winter weather driving is concerned, the biggest thing in my mind is for people to please pay attention to the forecast and to please stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be out,” Sharp said in an email to The Record.
He also provided the “general rules of winter driving.”
The first is to keep gas in your tank.
“We’ve all been there. We know we have just enough gas to get home, and suddenly traffic comes to a stop,” Sharp said in the email. “Will traffic clear before you run out of gas? No way to know for sure. Even without winter weather, it doesn’t take much to turn a 30-minute commute into a 120-minute commute.”
He also recommends taking time, having patience, and using courtesy.
“‘I’m a great driver in the snow; it’s everyone else on the road that worries me.’ If we’re all saying that, then aren’t we all the 'everyone else’ that we worry about?” Sharp said.
Sharp also recommends being prepared to be on your own for at least a little while. He recommends a basic list of necessities for a vehicle emergency kit, including a cell phone and charge, working flashlight, weather-appropriate clothing, blankets, ice scraper, small shovel to help keep your exhaust pipe clear of snow, non-perishable food, water, a first-aid kit, and extra medications.
“Each one of us is an expert on what we and our families would need, so plan for you and for the people who might regularly ride with you,” Sharp said.
He also asks Warren County residents to know your limitations.
“We all have them,” Sharp said. “If you know you’re not a great driver in the snow, or that your vehicle doesn’t do well in the snow, then please do your best to not drive in the snow. No one ever wrecked their living room couch in a snowstorm.”