First overnight cold rains means busy night for road crews

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - After the first cold rain of the season, road crews hit local streets and interstates overnight to get the commute going smoothly for Tuesday morning.

Dispatchers at both the Missouri and Illinois transportation departments said roads were mostly clear Tuesday morning.

Forecasters said the falling, freezing stuff was really no big deal overnight.  But, St. Louis City crews would take no chances.  They put salt and brine down on overpasses near Interstates-55 and Holly Hills Avenue.

State crews also salted roads hoping any slick spots would be dried up by the morning commute.  Saturday, FOX2 and News 11 hosted Storm Fest.  Officials from both MoDOT and IDOT said crews had been practicing for weeks, getting ready for the first big ice or snow storm.

Now, just because the roads seemed clear drivers still need to be careful on overpasses and bridges.  A few inches of black ice can stop your commute cold and cost you thousands.  Drivers may also want to leave a little early to make sure cars are ready to go in the chilly morning air.

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