Motorists dig out from morning of freezing rain

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Freezing rain that started well before daybreak made for some treacherous conditions for driving or even walking Monday.

Some areas, including St. Charles, saw three different rounds of precipitation starting around 4:00am. Some of that was freezing rain.

MoDOT says St. Charles was one the biggest problem areas with the freezing rain.

Our crew in St. Charles saw MoDOT trucks making frequent passes over and near the Blanchette Bridge, putting down salt.

MoDOT brought in full crews at midnight. More than 200 trucks and 500 workers pre-treated roads, then battled the freezing rain as it moved in and made for some slick conditions.

A Missouri Highway Patrol spokesperson says troopers handled 80 calls for service between midnight and 9:00am including 50 accidents.

Fortunately there was only one injuryand it wasn’t serious.

Drivers we spoke with say the worst areas were side streets.

A MoDOT spokesperson says they will keep full crews on until the middle of the day.

IDOT says conditions there are generally improving as well.

In downtown St. Louis, there were also dangerous conditions. Spinouts and sliding happened to many motorists.

Several accidents were also reported on Interstate 55 after 5:00am.

Those accidents and others kept emergency responders busy all Monday morning. MoDOT advised drivers to delay their morning commute if possible, as the roads improved as temperatures began to rise.

Many schools are closed and it is Presidents’ Day, so there will be less traffic.

The freezing rain also made it hazardous to walk on ice-covered sidewalks. Reports of falls came in from across the area. Some of those areas may still be slick. Be very careful when leaving your home or walking outside.

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