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Road crews prepare for winter weather

Missouri Department of Transportation officials say road crews are prepared for the winter weather expected in the Tri-State area on Friday.

“We will have our crews out in full force to once again battle a variety of precipitation, and we are ready,” said Missouri Department of Transportation District Engineer Paula Gough.

Northeast Missouri engineer Brian Untiedt said staff prioritizes the routes that crew will take from major roads and highways to back roads.

He is asking drivers to be aware of the precipitation change from snow to freezing rain. He said the black ice will make roads more treacherous and hazardous for drivers out on the roads.

Quincy Central Services Director Kevin McClean said crews are prepared and will pretreat hills before precipitation starts to fall.

He said crews will be out at 7 p.m. Friday and will work into Saturday morning as the weather can change from snow to freezing rain.

WGEM Meteorologist Chelsea Smith says snow will begin to overspread the Tri-States between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and it will bring a mixed bag of precipitation.

Most areas are poised to pick up 1" - 3" of snow before it changes over to sleet or freezing rain.

MoDOT urges drivers to use caution as road conditions could deteriorate rapidly whenever freezing precipitation is falling.

Officials said it only takes a little bit of ice to create slippery roads, and there is potential for refreeze overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

Illinois Department of Transportation say their crews are also ready to go.

Officials say more than 1,800 trucks and equipment statewide will be out applying salt, treating roads or responding to flooding situations.

If you encounter a plow or any maintenance vehicle during your travels, officials ask you to please slow down, increase your driving distance and remain patient.

Iowa Department of Transportation reminds drivers to make sure vehicles are ready for winter weather.

Snow will begin to overspread the Tri-States between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and it will bring a mixed bag of precipitation.

Most areas are poised to pick up 1" - 3" of snow before it changes over to sleet or freezing rain.

More than a dozen Tri-States schools have cancelled classes ahead of the winter weather. For a full list, CLICK HERE

Follow WGEM News and the StormTrak Weather team for the latest on the forecast and what to expect this weekend.

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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