ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The freezing drizzle moving across the St. Louis region has left slick spots and icy conditions on the roadways, leading to numerous accidents and delays in public services.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued across the following areas until 12 a.m. Sunday: Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren, and Washington counties, as well as St. Louis City. The St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management said bridges, overpasses, and untreated roads could see a glazing of ice.
Sgt. Al Anothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol asked drivers to stay off the interstates Friday evening so emergency responders could efficiently and effectively handle accidents.
The Missouri Department of Transportation issued its own travel advisory amid expectations of flash freezing situations on highways and interstates.
MoDOT is asking commuters to avoid traveling altogether this weekend. But if you are so inclined to drive, MoDOT asks you remain cautious and be mindful of your speed while driving.
According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, many area drivers took to social media to voice their displeasure with MoDOT and ask why it did not treat the roads ahead of time.
Jessica Hochlan, a MoDOT spokeswoman, said the agency expected warmer temperatures this weekend and thus didn’t salt the roads. She added that if MoDOT treats the roads with salt and it then rains, the salt will be washed off the roadway.
MoDOT crews have since been dispatched across the region to treat the roads, Hochlan said.
As of Friday afternoon, Highways 47, 61, and 79 were covered in ice, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported. School buses in Troy have been delayed as a result.
Bus drivers in the Wentzville School District reported difficultly getting to schools for Friday dismissal due to accidents caused by icy road conditions.
And in Gray Summit, a school bus for the Meramec Valley R-III School District slid into a ditch at Robertsville Road and Highway 100. The students and bus driver were not injured.
The Saint Louis Zoo was forced to cancel Friday night's Wild Lights event due to inclement weather. The zoo is offering refunds through its membership office.
You can check out delays and accident notifications on our Fox 2 News Traffic page.