The Missouri Department of Transportation tells Patch its crews have been pretreating roads in preparation for the wintry mix predicted to hit St. Louis and surrounding areas Wednesday.
"They are putting down salt as needed. We have been pre-treating so we were ready for the morning rush hour. Now our game plan is to be prepared for the evening rush hour in case it goes into that," MoDOT Spokesperson Kara Price tells Patch. "Our crews came in about four this morning to make sure we were on top of this storm."
KMOV is reporting Wednesday's weather and freezing temperatures may cause a potentially dangerous situation and icy roads. What is starting as rain may turn to possible sleet and snow.
Price said MoDOT crews have pre-treated roads and bridges and now they are using salt brine where needed.
"We have all 204 trucks out on the roads and we are monitoring the roads, making sure things are not slick or freezing," Price tells Patch. "This is a southwest storm coming through. Really, it's been a lot of rain on the roads, but we've seen pockets of sleet in areas south like Jefferson County."
Price said MoDOT is monitoring the weather forecast and has full crews consisting of 460 employees working.
"We're not expecting a lot of snow, it's mostly sleet, but that can still make it slick. Travelers can really help out by taking it slow," Price said. "There are some slick spots so motorists really need to check out our traveler information map."
That map with MoDOT's latest road conditions can be found at modot.mo.gov.
Check back to Patch throughout the day for any updates.
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