Winter weather causing several crashes around Springfield

Several crashes in Springfield caused by winter weather
Published: Jan. 29, 2023 at 3:24 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2023 at 7:43 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Freezing drizzle, sleet, and snow has led to roads, bridges, and overpasses becoming slick and hazardous.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several counties in the Ozarks. It lasts from 4 p.m. on Sunday to 9 a.m. on Monday. Springfield Public Works tells KY3 that crews will begin treating bridges and hills and that Springfield roads were treated yesterday to help with conditions for Sunday.

OzarksTraffic is reporting at least several crashes in the Springfield area. One of them being on the U.S. 65 northbound ramp to I-44 where a tanker tractor-trailer jackknifed and closed the ramp. MoDOT says the tanker has been moved to the right shoulder of the on-ramp and all lanes are clear.

OzarksTraffic Campbell and US60
OzarksTraffic Campbell and US60(KY3)

Officials from MoDOT say make sure you watch your speed and your fluids if you need to travel during the weather.

“Wiper fluid’s really important and especially the fluid that has the sub-freezing properties so it won’t freeze up on you and it does help keep the ice and mist off your windshield,” said Darin Hamelink with MoDOT. “Then you know hopefully your rear de-fogger on the back glass is working as well because you know if you can’t see out that can be dangerous.”

For more traveler information, head to the MoDOT Traveler’s Map.

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