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MoDOT crews ready to take action for icy roads

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St. Louis City Street Departments stock snow plows for ice storm on Sunday (Credit: KMOV) St. Louis City Street Departments stock snow plows for ice storm on Sunday (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo., (KMOV.com) – St. Louis and Metro East snow crews are prepared to battle the wintry mix of freezing rain, snow and sleet expected to hit the region.

A spokesperson from St. Louis City Streets department expect the snow trucks to get on the roads late Sunday morning.

St. Louis street crews did not be pre-treat roads since there is still residue from the prior treatment on the ground from earlier this week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will take the same approach. A representative from the agency said they will watch the weather radar to stay ahead of the storm and plan to reveal details of their plan tomorrow morning.

MoDOT said the area is expecting 1/10 inch of ice, but that even 1/100 inch can impact driving conditions.

MoDOT said 200 trucks will be hitting the roadways today with salt and chemicals. Crews are working 12 hour shifts, beginning at noon today.

Since the area is anticipating ice and not snow, you will not see snow plows on the roads today.

David Wrone, Public Information Manager for St. Louis County Department of Transportation, encourages motorist 'not to drive' if they don't have to while their crews tackle 3,200 miles of roadway.

"It's a cliche, but if we do get ice, we encourage motorists not to drive. We know sometimes it's unavoidable but, ice is a very, very tricky thing," Wrone said.

In the Metro East, The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said crews have fully stocked the snow trucks so they hop on the road as soon as the snow falls.

IDOT Operations Engineer Joe Monroe said the agency has prepared in advance by ensure all equipment is functioning properly.

“[We have] gone through and making sure all of the computers are performing the way they need to in order to make sure salt is being delivered in the correct fashion,” Monroe said. “Checking their plows, making sure all of the chains, dogs and spinners are working properly.”

Monroe said only the western district IDOT crews will be activated, but they will be out treating roads by 10:30 a.m. today.

IDOT will start with 120 crews on the roads. If the weather is worse than anticipated, IDOT will activate close to 200 crews.

All agencies advised motorists to pay close attention to weather conditions and implement safe travel etiquette during the upcoming storm.

The weather is not expected to impact driving conditions for the Monday morning commute.

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