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Road crews treat snowy roads in St. Joseph on Friday

"Our main priority is the emergency routes, so at any time if we are on any other route type, if the emergencies start collecting snow then we pull off those other routes and take care of the emergencies," said Superintendent of Streets and Infrastructure Keven Schneider.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 5:51 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2021 11:11 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) A snowy commute for drivers meant a busy day for road crews after snow and heavy winds hit St. Joseph Friday.

"We started pre-treating streets yesterday, then we ran through most of the night pre-treating, around 4:30-5:00 this morning we changed over to salting operations on emergencies and that's what we've been doing ever since, salting streets." -  Superintendent of Streets and Infrastructure, Keven Schneider said.

Ryan Johnson is one of those workers with the St. Joseph Public Works Department salting streets.

He says fighting this latest round of winter weather has been a little easier.

"We don't have to put on the plows most likely, so uh, we can't get things done quicker, we just have to worry about the salt portion today, makes it things a little quicker and easier today," said Johnson.

While crews are working as fast as they can, some roads do have higher priority than others.

"Our main priority is the emergency routes, so at any time if we are on any other route type, if the emergencies start collecting snow then we pull off those other routes and take care of the emergencies," said Schneider.

While crews may have to pull off neighborhood streets to maintain the emergency routes, Schneider says they will get to all of the streets by this evening.

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Conditions will stay cloudy and cool today with temperatures warming up right around average in the mid 40s. Winds will remain much calmer today around 5-10 MPH out of the west. Skies will begin to clear in the overnight hours as temperatures drop into the 20s. Tomorrow temperatures will make a run towards 50 with the return of a southerly wind. We will see sunshine through the first half of Friday with clouds building in through the afternoon and evening. Overall most of Friday will be dry, but we could see a few scattered areas of light rain through the evening hours. Temperatures will continue to warm up on Saturday making it into the upper 50s and lower 60s before a cold front moves through Sunday. Temperatures will be back in the 40s on Sunday before warming up into the 50s again for the beginning of next week.
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