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Jefferson City road crews on standby for chance of overnight freeze

Drivers will want to be wary of road conditions before heading out the door on Tuesday, as bitterly cold temperatures could move in overnight.

Crews with the Jefferson City Public Works department will be called in to treat roads ahead of the morning commute, according to Britt Smith, the department's operations division manager.

Smith said snow and water on the roads could evaporate if dry air moves in, but "if that doesn’t happen there could be some refreeze issue."

The freezing temperatures make it difficult for road crews to pretreat areas.

Temperatures plummeted Monday after Fall-like weather over the weekend.

"That’s the great and wonderful thing about living in Missouri," Smith said. "The weather can change at any minute."

Last year was a rough winter for the department. Jefferson City Public Works used hundreds of more tons of salt than the previous year. Smith said, in general, the department plans for the worst and hopes for the best.

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Barry Mangold

Barry Mangold reports for ABC 17 News on weekday evenings and anchors weekend evening broadcasts.

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