MoDOT prepared for more wintry weather

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Friday that crews in St. Louis are already preparing for another round of snow scheduled to come in on Saturday evening.

MoDOT reported that crews are treating the roads Friday in preparation for Saturday’s snow., in addition to some residual material on the roadway.

“People who are heading down to the Mardi Gras parade or other activities should consider heading down on Metro and using the shuttle to get to activities downtown,” Bob Becker, maintenance engineer for the St. Louis District, said. “They should also consider making sure they head out before the snow starts on Saturday evening.”

According to the National Weather Service, it is predicted that the snow will move into the St. Louis area late Saturday evening with roughly 4 to 6 inches of snow falling between then until the snow moves out Sunday afternoon.

Becker said that once the snow does start, MoDOT encourages motorists to stay off the road, if possible, ensuring that trucks more room to work efficiently, clearing the roads.

“One of the bigger concerns this weekend will be the quickly dropping temperatures forecasted for after the snow leaves,” he said. “Temperatures overnight Sunday into Monday will be into the single digits.”

Treatments put down after the storm by MoDOT will be much less effective in the cold temperatures forecasted Sunday evening into Monday morning.

MoDOT shared that full crews will be out beginning Saturday evening as well as over 200 trucks on the road to plow during the snowfall and treating the roads after the snow has ended.

MoDOT encourages motorists to pay attention to weather conditions before traveling. Real-time roadway weather conditions can be found at the Traveler Information map.