ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is advising drivers to stay off the road this weekend as more winter weather is expected to hit the area.
In addition, officials with the department told News 4 the cleanup could take longer than last weekend because of the bitter cold temperatures we’re expecting. According to the officials, the chemicals used to treat the roads lose effectiveness below 25 degrees.
In Missouri, crews will be ready to work a full shift starting at midnight and running through Saturday morning. Officials said they don’t plan to pretreat the roads but will be ready to salt and plow as needed.
During last weekend's major snowstorm, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) responded to 5,035 calls for service and assisted 2,054 stranded motorists. There were 1,026 traffic crashes including four fatalities and 81 injuries.
In Illinois, department of transportation officials said they have people that can be called into work as conditions warrant. They also plan to be filling up their trucks throughout the day Friday to have them ready but they’re not going to have drivers sitting around waiting for the winter weather.
The Illinois State Police handled 384 traffic crashes and assisted 1,257 motorists during last weekend's snowstorm.
While this weekend’s weather will be different than last weekend, it’s important to make sure you are prepared if you’re planning on hitting the roads. Drivers are advised to have jumper cables, extra food, water bottles and an emergency blanket in case they get stuck on the roads.