MoDOT Preps for Another Round of Snow Storms

By Chris Eidson

Published 02/02 2014 09:20PM

Updated 02/02 2014 09:26PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- District Maintenance Engineer Michael Middleton is watching the roadways this Sunday afternoon and reflecting on what's already been a rough winter for MoDOT crews.

"We faced almost five straight weekends in December and that was tough," he said, "It's tough on personnel, your equipment, all those things."

The snowplows have been kept busy.

"We're getting close to nine winter events we've faced since the first one November 22," he said.

And they're already approaching the average salt use for a whole season.

"We started out the year with 28,000 tons of salt and as of Sunday we've probably used about 25,000 tons of salt," he said.

He is hoping to make a stockpile of 1000 tons last the rest of the winter, but looking at the forecast, conserving salt might be a challenge.

"In the short term just in this week alone we're looking at two significant storms," Meteorologist Jamie Warriner said.

The first storm is moving in early Tuesday morning, which means MoDOT night crews will be hitting the roads.

"So they'll fight this storm Tuesday morning and all day Tuesday," Middleton said.

"And there's going to be a lot of resources like road salt spent on this week's winter weather alone and we're only going to be one week into February," Warriner said.

Warriner said we're just entering the heart of the season.

"February is notorious for winter weather here in the Ozarks," he said.

Which means more storms are on the way.

"We don't know if we have three more storms and the winter's done, or do we have nine more?" Middleton said.

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