Drivers can expect freezing rain, sleet this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A wintry mix of precipitation can mean a mess for area drivers. With a winter storm in the forecast for Sunday, fewer cars will be on the road. But for those who do have to get where they are going over the weekend, area road crews will be ready.

The combination of freezing rain and sleet can create a glaze of ice on roads, especially elevated bridges and overpasses. Crews on both sides of the river are monitoring weather conditions to stay ahead of the storm. A build up of ice can’t be plowed so crews will count on salt and chemicals to keep roads clear.

MoDOT Assistant engineer Tom Blair says they began pretreatment with salt brine on Friday and he expects a full crew to be on hand Sunday.

IDOT is treating bridges early and will have trucks ready to lay down salt once the precipitation begins.

Drivers are urged to stay home if at all possible. It not, drivers should be sure to slow down, traveling at least half the posted speed limit. Also, make sure your lights are on and stay back from salt trucks by at least 100 feet.

The threat of ice and some snow continues into the early hours of Monday, so drivers for the first morning commute of the new week should be on alert.