Storm drops 1-2 inches of snow locally, more to north and west
According to the National Weather Service, the snowstorm that moved through the region Monday night into Tuesday morning dropped 1-2 inches of snow in the St. Louis metro area, but up to six inches in Columbia, MO.
Area road crews spent the nighttime and early morning hours plowing and spreading salt as the heaviest snow fell, then let the chemicals do their work during the morning rush hour.
Mo-DOT District Maintenance Supervisor Bruce Pettus tells KMOX he was pleased with road conditions Tuesday morning, “I felt like we had the plowing down, going into about 5 o’clock (Tuesday morning). Then with the salt we put down, actually having the vehicles on the road does help us as it rubs it in and breaks down the salt.”
They haven’t compiled any numbers yet, but local Missouri Highway Patrol officials say there were not nearly as many accidents during this morning’s snow as you’d expect.
A dispatcher tells us there were a few spinoffs and fender-benders, but nothing serious, except for the overturned tractor-trailer on I-70 at Bryan Road early Tuesday morning.
The story’s not the same in southwest Missouri, where the Springfield based troop reported two fatal accidents before 9 am.
Pettus says there are still 200 Mo-DOT trucks on the roads, “The idea is to get the roads clear today, before the severe drop in temperatures. Once the temperature does drop then we’re just in a sustain mode and addressing problematic areas.”
He says once the temperatures drop into the teens and single digits, they’ll use a salt/sand mixture to treat trouble spots.
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