MoDOT: We did our best based on what information we had ahead of time Monday

MSHP said they responded to 203 crashes and 107 stranded motorists Monday. Seventeen people were injured.

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ST. LOUIS ( -- Monday's official snowfall total of 1.5 inches in St. Louis beat a 1911 record, and it kept police busy responding to dozens of crashes as the snow created slushy roads. 

Monday's weather is also the earliest our area has seen this much snow since 1991. We don't normally see the first inch of snow until Dec. 21. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol Troop C, which patrols the St. Louis Metro and surrounding areas, said they responded to 203 crashes and 107 stranded motorists Monday. In total, 17 people were injured.

While several minor injuries were reported, the MSHP said no fatalities were reported.

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Credit: Black Jack Fire Department

During a Tuesday morning press conference, MoDOT District Maintenance Engineer Bob Becker said they weren't expecting the last burst of snow that came through around 3 p.m. 

"If we would have known that was coming through we would have put heavier treatment down to get a little bit ahead of it," he said. "But, we didn't see that much coming down, it had been light snow all day. We were able to manage it, but that got away from us." 

[WATCH: MoDOT press conference addressing Tuesday's road conditions]

Becker said it wasn't MoDOT's best day and he wished it would have been better, but for the conditions and what they knew about it they did their best. 

MoDOT said they were out plowing and salting the roads with more than 200 crews. But the conditions of the roads had people questioning MoDOT's decision to not pre-treat roads. MoDOT said because the storm started off with rain, it would have washed away that treatment. 

However, those drivers who sat in hours of traffic called some interstates "sheets of ice." They wish something more was done to help the roads.

A Spanish Lake firefighter was injured in a crash on Highway 367 near Redman Road in North County. The Black Jack Fire Department said a vehicle struck a fire truck.

On the Illinois side, District 11 troopers reportedly nearly 70 crashes since 6 a.m. They advise that drivers should stay off the roads if you don't have to go out. 

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