MoDOT Not Pretreating Roads for Incoming Snow

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.– The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it has decided to not pretreat roadways ahead of the snow expected to come overnight and early Thursday, according to CBS affiliate KMOV.

Tom Blair of MoDOT said crews are prepared but added there would be no trucks pretreating roads for a few reasons:

  • It is too cold for some of the pretreatment to work.
  • If salt is down before the snow, it will be pushed away by traffic before the snow hits.
  • MoDOT believes the pretreatment will cause the initial snow to stick.
  • Because the snow is expected to somewhat dry, MoDOT wants some of it to blow off the road before plows come out

MoDOT is urging people to not drive overnight unless it’s necessary.

Snowfall amounts in Springfield could be as much as 1″, further north in Lake Ozark, as much as 3″ are possible.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until Thursday morning where 1-2″ of snow is possible.

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