The weather is certainly making its way to the tri-states and as it does, you might be wondering how the crews have been getting ready for it.
This is no light snow and MoDOT crews have been preparing for several days.
MoDOT's Northeast district engineer Paula Gough says they have been monitoring the weather and holding conferences with state officials to keep good tabs on the situation so that when it gets here they'll be ready.
"We're able to get our equipment ready and have our staff prepared and ready to go so when the storm does start that we're ready to roll once the snow starts flying," Gough said.
Gough says MoDOT crews from around the rally to help each other, sending plows to areas that need it most.
This is something she says they've been perfecting over the last five years and she says has really worked well, especially when we had the blizzard a couple of years ago.
Kirk Youngblood started his day yesterday going over MoDOT snow plows and checking equipment; Mixing salt and sand to get ready to spread it on the roads today.
And he offers up some advice if you see a snow plow on the roadway.
"Drivers should just slow down and be cautious and give snowplows plenty of room to operate," Youngblood said.
As you get ready for work this morning, you might be checking the road condition maps on one of the state websites.
But do you know how that information is compiled?
It's no eye in the sky..
Gough says it's just good old fashioned eyes and ears.
The snow plow drivers update MoDOT officials on the conditions as they're out driving on the roads for the latest and most up-to-date information. And for those areas they haven't hit yet, law enforcement officials also play a big role.
"They do call in through our radio and give us actual road conditions of whether they're covered, partly covered or what the conditions are or if there's an incident out there. When there's an incident on the roadway we're able to put that on our traveler information map," Gough said.
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