MoDOT official says they were caught off-guard by Monday afternoon snow

Engineer Bob Becker says they didn't expect the snow to pick up in the afternoon

Brian Feldman
November 12, 2019 - 8:55 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — MoDOT District Engineer Bob Becker feels they could have done better in Monday's snow event.

Becker says the last burst of snow that came around 3 p.m. was not something they expected on Monday.  He says MoDOT talked to the National Weather Service and thought officials had a good handle on the forecast.  

"We did our best with what we knew about it," Becker explained to the media Tuesday morning. "Yes, it wasn't our best day and I wish it had been better, but for the conditions and what we knew about it...we did our best."

Becker says if they would have know that burst was coming, MoDOT certainly would have put heavier treatment down.  But they're very careful not to waste money putting treatment down that's not necessary.

Crews were out all night treating roads, ensuring everything is fine for the morning commute.  Becker recommends taking some extra time to get to and from work, and also giving any road crews space to work.

AccuWeather's Dean DeVore expects the sun to be out all day today, and even though it's cold, the sun should melt much of the snow and ice by the afternoon.

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