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Deep-freeze largely spares capital’s streets

Despite Thursday morning’s rain, few slick spots were reported as temperatures dropped in the Jefferson City area. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)

Despite Thursday morning’s rain, few slick spots were reported as temperatures dropped in the Jefferson City area.

Temperatures in the Capital City flirted with the 60-degree mark around noon before plunging into the mid-20s by evening. The National Weather Service and MoDOT warned this rapid temperature drop would lead to flash freezing of moisture left over from the morning rain.

KRCG 13 observed few slick spots in the area Thursday afternoon but heavy salt treatments on major thoroughfares and residential side streets alike.

While visiting the KRCG 13 weather center Thursday afternoon, Callaway County Road and Bridge superintendent Mitchell Fletcher said asphalt roads are more vulnerable to ice than gravel. This is because gravel provides a grittier surface and thus more traction. He said drivers Thursday night should slow down in case they hit any slick spots and watch out for salt trucks.

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