MoDOT preparing for expected snowfall

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ST. ANN, MO (KPL) - Even though it`s not expected to be a big snow, MoDOT is not taking any chances.

FOX 2 meteorologist Chris Higgins is out in the Gateway Honda Dealers Storm Pilot in St. Ann with the unique challenges this quick hit of winter may bring.

In some ways the big snows can be easier to assault than the little sneaky systems like the one we have forecast Wednesday.

The problem with tomorrow is not how much snow will fall; it's all about the timing going into the evening rush.

That along with the fast falling temperatures and gusty winds is a recipe for trouble.

Many St. Louisans will remember this similar system that struck during the morning rush hour in of January 2012.

After record highs only a few days earlier, a powerful cold front swept through with a couple of hours of light snow, less than 2 inches in all.

It should not have been a big deal, but it was.

There were dozens of accidents, interstates turned to parking lots as roads turned to ice.  For many the morning commute went from 20 minutes to 4 hours or more.  For MoDOT it was a disaster.

MoDOT engineer Becky Almoroth says they know that tomorrows evening rush could be a mess. Allmeroth adds, they have already pretreated the roads with a light shot of salt brine.   And once the first flakes start to fly, they will follow that up with regular rock salt.

Another key part to the forecast for tomorrow will be the sharp drop in temperatures, so MoDOT will also be ready to mix in beet juice as well.