Missouri fans can expect mixed road conditions on trip to Atlanta

Friday, December 6, 2013 | 6:39 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers' road to playing in the SEC Championship game wasn't easy. Thanks to weather concerns this weekend, Missouri fans' road to watch the game won't be easy, either.

Road conditions along major routes from Columbia to Atlanta varied from clear to snow-covered as of Friday afternoon.

Southern Illinois had experienced 12 inches of snow, and 4 to 7 inches were predicted before 8 p.m. Friday, said Jae Miller, an agent with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Miller said traffic was moving slowly in the area and called road conditions "treacherous."

"If you don't have to be on the road, don't," she said. "And if you do, go slowly and make sure you give the plows plenty of room."

Miller said roads will continue to be cleared into Saturday because snow is expected to blow and drift throughout the night.

Jennifer Downs of the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the state's Interstate 24 has been clear so far, but she also mentioned possible future problems.

"There will probably be more accidents going into the night that will back people up, but salt trucks are prepared to respond," she said.

In the Nashville area, there's an 80 percent chance that Friday night will see a wintery mix, which includes rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the National Weather Service and agents from the departments of transportation of Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Georgia, here's what travelers can expect on the long road from Columbia to Atlanta. Road conditions and forecasts are as of Friday afternoon.

On I-70 from Columbia to St. Louis:

Roads are clear.

St. Louis forecasts:

  • Friday: 90 percent chance of snow
  • Friday night: Gradual clearing
  • Saturday: Sunny and cold

On I-64 from St. Louis to Mt. Vernon, Ill.:

Roads have scattered slippery spots.

Mt. Vernon forecasts:

  • Friday: 100 percent chance of heavy snow
  • Friday night: 20 percent chance of slight snow before 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Sunny

On I-57 from Mt. Vernon through southern Illinois:

Roads are 100 percent covered by snow and ice.

Carbondale, Ill., forecasts, near Interstate 57

  • Friday: 100 percent chance of snow
  • Friday night: 20 percent chance of slight snow
  • Saturday: Sunny

On I-24 from southern Illinois to Chattanooga, Tenn.:

Roads are clear.

Nashville forecasts:

  • Friday: 100 percent chance of rain
  • Friday night: 80 percent chance before midnight of wintry mix, which includes rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet, followed by a chance of freezing drizzle between midnight and 3 a.m.
  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy

On I-75 from Chattanooga to Atlanta:

Atlanta forecasts:

  • Friday: 30 percent chance of showers
  • Friday night: 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms
  • Saturday: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers

Information about road conditions came from Downs, of Tennessee; Miller, of Illinois; and Sally Oxenhandler of Missouri.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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