Blowing snow makes clearing roads challenging for crews

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Many of Missouri’s roads remained treacherous on Monday.  The snow, wind and bitter cold combined to make clearing the roads challenging for workers.

According to MODOT officials, salting the roads is ineffective when the temperature is below 20 degrees, let alone the sub-zero temperatures the region experienced Monday.  Therefore, workers resorted to plowing. But the strong winds just blew the snow right back onto the roads, and into two to four-foot drifts.

All of that led to plenty of wrecks and road closures; among them, a fatal accident Monday morning on I-44.  In that situation, a young woman lost control and was hit by a tractor trailer.

All day, officials have urged people to stay off the roads if possible.

MODOT Assistant District Maintenance Engineer Amy Twellman says, “Once the sun came out, and we could clear some of the routes and people started to see the pavement, then they get that false sense of security and all it takes is one patch in a snow-packed area to cause somebody to get out of control.”

Overnight, MODOT will continue plowing the roads, but once the sun comes out on Tuesday, workers will treat the roads with chemicals. Still, MODOT officials warn that conditions for Tuesday’s morning commute won’t be any better than on Monday night.

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