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Road Crews Respond to Wintry Mix Across Region

A mix of rain, sleet and snow made for an unusual start to winter across the region. The first round of precipitation started falling early in the day on Saturday and changed over to snow by late evening.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A mix of rain, sleet and snow made for an unusual start to winter across the region.

The first round of precipitation started falling early in the day on Saturday and changed over to snow by late evening.

For the road crews out in this mess, it was a long day of anticipation they prepared for the wintry mix.

City plow trucks fired up early as the rain started falling in St. Joseph. Crews wasted no time treating the roads ahead of the snow that followed.

The Missouri Department of Transportation hit the streets well before sunrise.

"We were treating the roads to try to remove some of the snow and ice we've been getting," said Christopher Cole, MoDOT.

The City of St. Joseph started their work around noon.

"We started putting plows on because of the the snow," said Steve Kendall, City of St. Joseph.

Most of the roads in Buchanan County were covered with a mix of ice and snow by late evening, making the treatment more difficult for road crews.

"We went out and started running the secondary routes, then it started drizzling. So, we came back in and we started running the emergency routes," added Kendall.

More than 100 workers are taking care of a 20-county area for MoDOT as the storm moves through.

City crews are working around the clock as well.

"We'll start plowing and plow until we get the emergency routes down to pavement then we'll go into secondaries and districts," added Kendall.

Crews urge drivers to stay off the roads if possible, but if you're out, give them room to work.

"You need to give the MoDOT trucks plenty of room as they're out there working, trying to remove the snow from the roadway," said Cole.
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