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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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Comfortable and mild conditions are set to continue today with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s under partly cloudy skies. Winds will be a bit breezy today with gusts up to 25 mph. A weak cold front will move through the area later this evening. Clouds will build into the area today as the front passes. A few isolated areas of light rain can’t be ruled out as the front moves through. Temperatures will remain in the 70s on Saturday under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will really start to warm up on Sunday with highs in the upper 80s. Above average temperatures will continue through the beginning of next week as sunny and dry weather remains.
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