MoDOT crews prepping for today's rush hour storms

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 6:45 AM

(KMOV.com) – Missouri Department of Transportation crews are gearing up for a long day Friday.

Ahead of the second wave of snow, they’ll be pre-treating some areas and keeping a careful eye on the timing of the precipitation.

MoDOT administrators think crews can get through the morning rush hour okay, but going home Friday evening may be difficult.

The worst time of the day for the storm to hit is rush hour- not just because of the heavy traffic volume, but because if traffic isn’t moving the snow plows aren’t moving.

If there are 200 plows out on the roadways and they’re stuck in traffic, it doesn’t do anybody any good.

MoDOT says the long-range outlook calls for more snow and colder temperatures than average so they’ve budgeted more for storms this season.

The department stockpiles 30,000 tons of salt each season.

So far it’s already used about 7,000 – 8,000 thousand tons this season.

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