The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation have closed Interstate 29 from its junction with I-229 (mile marker 56) in St. Joseph, Mo., to the Iowa State Line. Drivers on I-29 should exit the highway at the next exit where they can find shelter. Continued travel in the area is dangerous.

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MoDOT also states that travel in the Northwest Missouri and Kansas City areas is not advised due to severe conditions from this season's first major winter storm. Because of continuing heavy snowfall in the area, motorists are urged not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Warming stations are: Salvation Army, 618 S. 6th Street and the Ramada Inn, I-29 and Fredrick Ave. in St. Joseph, Missouri, and United Methodist Church, 211 West Opp St, Rockport, Missouri.

MoDOT crews are out in full force plowing snow off of major highways. Regardless, MoDOT says the winter weather makes travel hazardous and urges motorists stay put until the snow stops and roads are clear.