(KMOV)-- The metro-east has not seen much ice on the roads as of Monday night, but the trees are covered in about a tenth of an inch, which the area can also expect to see on power lines.
When the ice builds up to a quarter or half of an inch it can cause major problems, especially in the high winds expected with this storm.
Ameren Illinois in Belleville is directing the power company’s response in the metro-east.
The utility company has hundreds of workers on standby, ready to respond to outages. Workers even came in from out of state to boost manpower.
If we do see major ice accumulations, the crews will need all the help they can get. Right now, they are bracing for Tuesday.
IDOT and Emergency Management directors in St. Clair and Madison County are preparing, as well.
IDOT is salting roads overnight to tackle slick spots, and Emergency Management is in contact with Red Cross to open shelters, if needed.