Friday’s Snow Bad For Drivers, Perfect For Mushers

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)--Overnight snowfall sure makes for pretty pictures. But as many drivers were reminded Friday morning, it also leads to dangerous slick spots on the roads. Several crashes in the early morning hours were blamed on icy streets. Increased traffic and a rise in temperature, led to roads warming up and becoming wet. But as temperatures fall back below freezing overnight, refreezing is a good bet, especially on bridges and on and off ramps. Slow down and give yourself plenty of stopping distance.

More coverage: Slick Roads Cause Minor Accidents Overnight

But for some the snow was exactly what the doctor ordered.  The 2013 Downtown St. Louis Idiotarod held its corporate event on Friday.  The event pays homage to the Alaskan Iditarod, with human sled dog teams pulling with shopping carts to different spots in the city.  It’s all to raise money for Operation Food Search. The light snow was the perfect touch.

“We’ve been doing this for four years and this is the first year we’ve had the opportunity to actually mush in the rain," said Maggie Campbell, Partnership for Downtown St. Louis President.  "We wore our mukluks and we’re all bundled up. Everyone’s out here having a great time.“

There is another Idiotarod race Saturday at noon Downtown. The fun starts with the parade of idiots at 11:30am at the Old Post Office plaza.

The actual Iditarod kicks off Saturday in Anchorage, AK.