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MODOT works all week to prepare for incoming weekend winter storm

As much as 4-7 inches was foretasted to hit the areas across mid-Missouri. This is the first major snowfall in 2019. (Photo: Hannah Knowles KRCG 13)

Missouri Department of Transportation worked all week preparing for the incoming weekend winter storm.

Hours before the storm hit, crews were at the Jefferson City facility double checking the plows and snow gear Friday morning.

Starting on Monday, crews had daily meetings with supervisors to decide how to tackle the incoming snow.

Major roads, bridges, and overpasses had been pre treated prior to the snows arrival, but MODOT supervisor Kyle Fisher said the crews couldn't do all the roads because the rain expected would wash away the treatment.

"We have been working very hard all week. Prepping, planning, and figuring out what we need to do to keep our roads in Cole County clear," Fisher said.

The Cole County facility had over 36 crew members working on snow removal and even more on standby to be called in if extra assistance was needed.

"We are expecting a lot of snow, but we are not worried," Fisher said. "This is our job and we are prepared. But drivers need to be on extra alert this weekend."

Fisher advised drivers to avoid being on the roads if possible and if not to give yourself plenty of travel time.

"If you see a snow plow, stay back and take it slow," he said. "Let us get our job done so we can all make it home to our loved ones today."

If you do plan on traveling over the weekend, MDOT suggested to have your tires and breaks checked as well as having a safety kit inside your car.

As much as 4-7 inches was foretasted to hit the areas across mid-Missouri. This is the first major snowfall in 2019.

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