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Challenging driving conditions in the wake of icy weather

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Drivers were quickly challenged when winter weather rolled into St. Louis Friday night. A driver apparently lost control on Highway 64/40 near Ballas. The car went sliding and turned around facing on-coming traffic. No one was hurt but traffic was back up until the situation became normal again.

Cars became coated in ice and sleet. Schools like Parkway West High School moved up basketball games to an earlier time to ensure students and parents would not have to deal with the winter weather at night.

Henderson Faulkner is a parent, “A lot of the kids have cars, some of them drive together, just for the safety all the kids and parents and everybody at the game.”
Lauren Anderson is a cheerleader and a student. She said, “I think it’s a great idea that they moved the game up because it’s safer.”

Salt mixed with sand were being used by snow fighters in both Illinois and Missouri.

Landscaping crews that do snow removal in the winter on private properties are grateful the area is getting another shot of icy conditions. Still, this season cannot measure up to how busy workers were in 2014. Frank Scheidl was removing snow in Creve Coeur. He said, “A lot less, a lot less hours for sure we’ve been working quite a bit not near as much as last year.”

Snow fighting is not cheap. MODOT said they spend about $500 a minute on the average storm. IDOT said the snowfall earlier this week in Metro East cost about $900,000 thousand dollars.