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BLOG: Tooling around Metro East roads before dawn

Lots of surprises this morning while UStreaming video live from my smartphone on Awake with News Four from 4am to 7am.

My colleague (doing the driving) and I (doing the UStreaming) never knew what we'd see from road to road or mile to mile.  We spent time on Highways 111, 161, 157, 159 and 50.  We were in Belleville, Fairview Heights, O'Fallon and Collinsville.

The road conditions varied mile to mile.  We'd be on one road that was wet or a little slushy and turn on to another road that was covered in snow and ice.  Sometimes we'd be driving several miles on the same road and the conditions would be different from the first mile to the last mile.

We saw some plows going down the roads but most were private plows moving snow out of parking lots outside big shopping centers.

Around 7:15am Illinois State Police told us they'd responded to seven wrecks over night and described road conditions as mostly "snow covered, but passable."

As of 10am there'd been four more wrecks but none serious and no roads have had to be shut down.

As always, allow more time to get to where you need to go and allow more space between you and the care in front of you and don't be in a hurry.  Nothing slows you down and ruins your day like a car crash.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at

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