MoDOT, IDOT ready to battle Wednesday morning snow

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR)-With a range from almost nothing to several inches or more of snow in the forecast for Wedensday morning, MoDOT and IDOT say they are ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.

While the snow has been anticipated for several days, this has been a tricky storm to forecast, with lots of questions about temperatures and storm track. What hasn’t changed is the expected impact to the Wednesday morning commute, with snow for just much of the Bi-State by 6am.

In Illinois, high snowfall totals will affect drivers on portions of both I-64 and I-70.  Joe Monroe with IDOT says they will have crews on the road by 2am, as the rain changes to snow, putting down rock salt. When that hits the wet roads it will make its own brine which will help prevent any freezing.

Higher snowfall totals are also expected along the I-44 and I-55 corridors in Missouri. MoDOT plans to have full crews out by 3am and has moved its strike team to near Festus to deal with the expected higher snowfall totals in that area. The recent warm temperatures should help keep the roads more clear and crews will work to plow away any slush that does build up.

MoDOT and IDOTwill monitor conditions throughout the morning to see if any specific areas need extra attention.

MoDOT Traveler Information Map: http://traveler.modot.org/map/

IDOT Winter Road Conditions: http://apps.dot.illinois.gov/winterroadconditions/pages/wrc.htm