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MoDOT says ice is worst case scenario

Officials from MoDOT agencies across the state participated in a conference call to discuss road issues during a winter weather advisory. They began to treat roads for slick conditions Thursday evening. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

MoDOT officials from the central district packed a conference room Thursday afternoon as winter weather approached.

However, their voices weren't the only ones joining the conversation.

Officials from MoDOT agencies across the state participated in a conference call to discuss road issues. To the west, Kansas City was already seeing winter weather as the central part of the state anticipated such conditions.

Central District Maintenance Engineer Jason Shafer said the weather is hard to predict, but ice is the worst case scenario.

"We're anticipating ice, which is always the worst case scenario," he said. "We've been out today treating it - all of our roads in advance, bridges in advance because bridges will always freeze first. Just so that way we can hold the ice off as long as possible."

Shafer said they were most concerned that moisture on the ground from earlier precipitation would freeze as the temperatures dropped rapidly.

He said, however, the amount of wind seen throughout the day helped to dry the moisture in many areas.

Shafer said the staff was ready to go for whatever weather would come.

"We've got day crews on now," he said. "We're going to have night crews on tonight. We are going to have every hand on deck that we have so we are meaning business to make sure we don't have bad things happening. We do encourage people though just stay at home unless you absolutely have to be out."

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