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MODOT Prepares for First Snowfall

With the possibility of snow this weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is gearing up to keep the roads clear for holiday travelers.

Posted: Dec 24, 2017 6:50 AM
Updated: Dec 24, 2017 10:50 AM

With the possibility of snow this weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is gearing up to keep the roads clear for holiday travelers.


Tonya Lohman, MODOT District Maintenance and Trafficking Engineer says that extra holiday travelers most likely will not have a major effect on clearing the roadways.

“Typically because we have more people out on the roadway, there could be some impacts, but thankfully this is not going to be an icing event. With lower amounts of snow, we will be able to clear the roads fairly quickly,” Lohman said.

According to Lohman the storm front should bring in anywhere from a light dusting to two inches of snow to St.Joseph, but the road crews will continue monitoring the accumulation.

“We are just doing what we normally do. We have crews out monitoring, we look at the roadways and bridges. Bridges usually get impacted first, because of the air underneath, and the cooling and freezing that occurs on those.We will be monitoring those, putting crews out if we need to, if we see some freezing occur.”

MODOT does not expect heavy snowfall or black ice to be a factor for drivers with weekend, but will continue to monitor the roadways as the winter weather moves in.

St. Joseph
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 61°
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Maryville
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Savannah
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Cameron
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Atchison
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Temperatures today were slightly above average with highs in the mid 80s. Most of today was dry and sunny, but a weak cold front will move through late this afternoon into this evening giving us the chance for a few isolated showers and storms. Conditions will stay comfortable this weekend with highs in the mid 80s on Saturday and upper 80s on Sunday. Temperatures will start off above average on Monday before a cold front moves through. That front will give us additional rain chances Monday night and some much more fall like temperatures through the rest of the week.
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