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Expected temperature drop worries road crews

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

As winter weather moves through Mid-Missouri, officials are starting to get worried about a drop in temperature that could lead to slippery roads Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team has issued a Weather Alert Day for Wednesday through Friday morning as winter precipitation and frigid temperatures move through the area.

Jefferson City Public Works operations director Britt Smith said the road conditions in the capital city were clear around noon Wednesday, and his team will continue to monitor the roads throughout the day.

However, Smith said he is worried about when the sun goes down and the temperatures plummet.

Lows overnight could hit the single digits with Thursday highs not exceeding the teens.

Smith said when the temperatures drop below 20 degrees, salt loses its effectiveness. The department hopes to keep the snow and ice off the roads to prepare for the drop in temperatures.

A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation Central District said his agency also has concerns about ice forming Thursday morning.

MoDOT will have crews out all day and night trying to keep up with the snow and ice, he said.

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Connor Hirsch

Connor Hirsch reports for the weekday night shows, as well as Sunday nights.

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