Driving Conditions Still Hazardous

| February 5, 2014
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The snow has finished falling, but that doesn’t mean all the resulting safety concerns have passed. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with MoDOT Spokesperson DeAnn Rickabaugh:

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Crews are out in force, trying to clean up the mess. “Last night, we received more more snow. And that, combined with strong winds, meant that any improvement we made yesterday largely disappeared,” said Rickabaugh. “But now that the heavy snow is over, we are making progress. And we expect road conditions to improve throughout the day.”

The type of precipitation can complicate their task. “When the light, fluffy snow that we received combines with medium to high winds, we really do have a problem with blowback. That’s when snow comes back and covers roads after the plows have been by.”

The bitterly cold temperatures also affect the way road treatments work. At 30 degrees, one pound of salt melts about 46 pounds of ice. However, when it is zero degrees outside, the same amount of salt only melts about four pounds of ice.

MoDOT is still advising against any unecessary travel until the roads are cleared. Their progress can be monitored through their traveler information map; which can be viewed at modot.org.

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