01-19-11 23:22 CSTRough Road Conditions Reported by ; Laura Hibbard
COLUMBIA - When the snow began falling around 5pm Wednesday, it brought dangerous road conditions. At a rate of about one inch per hour, snow fell too quickly for crews to adequately clear it.
MODOT vehicles will be out in full-force all night in an effort to get the roads ready for the morning rush hour. Maintenance Superintendent Mike Belt will be out all night with emergency vehicles in case people need roadside or car-accident assistance. He said that, if you don't absolutely have to be out on the roads, stay home.
"Wear your seat belt, and of course we would encourage that if at at all possible, don't travel."
He also said drivers who have to be on the roads should make sure to leave enough brake room between other cars, and not to make sudden turns or stops.
Snowfall causes numerous accidentsInitial snowfall Wednesday night presented problems for drivers as it became difficult to see the lane markings.
Roads are snow covered and slippery. Use extra caution and budget extra time when traveling.
Light to moderate snow will continue to accumulate overnight and through midday Thursday in St. Louis and west before winding down Thursday afternoon. For areas south and east snow will continue to accumulate through Thursday afternoon...winding down Thursday evening.
Thursday night is when the big chill rolls in...with lows just above zero in the metro and below zero in outlying areas north and west of St. Louis.
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