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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- MoDOT crews have already started to some prep work in an effort to keep Christmas travelers safe.

"Our crews have been out pre-treating especially bridges and elevated services," said Andrew Gates, MoDOT spokesperson.

Some drivers say bring on the snow.  Others say it`s been so long since St. Louis has seen a real snow storm that they worry about how drivers will handle it.

"St. Louis is not known for the best drivers," said one man pulling into a gas station near I-270 and Manchester. "I would rather have nice, clean roads."

Another young driver concurred.

"I just don`t have that much experience with the snow," she said.

Gates asked drivers to give plows plenty of room to do their job and to slow down whenever they say equipment from any other municipality.

"We will have more than 200 trucks and 400 employees starting to work 12 hours shifts to get through the storm and get the roadways cleared," said Gates.

He also encouraged drivers to allow for extra travel time on Sunday night.  St. Louis is right on the edge of the winter storm warnings so it`s possible the bulk of the snow will miss St. Louis.

KPLR-11 Chief Meteorologist John Fuller is predicting 1-3 inches of snow for the metropolitan St. Louis area with heavier snow fall amounts to the south and the east.

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