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Crews Prepare for New Year’s Night Snow

The forecast calls for up to five inches of snow Wednesday night
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Break out the beet juice! Another round of winter weather is on the way.

The forecast calls for up to five inches of snow Wednesday night. Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marie Elliot says they’ve been pre-treating the highways to get a head start.

“At the early part of the storm, we expect that early blend to help us out,” she said Wednesday morning. “We do have some concerns about the low temperatures…so it’ll take us a few hours to get the roads clear.

She reassures that crews will be out all night, ensuring the roads are clear for morning.

St. Louis County Highways spokesman David Wrone, later in the day, told KMOX News that he takes solace in the fact that no sleet or ice is forecast.

“We don’t anticipate the first wave of snow to really do anything beyond hit the ground and melt,” he said, but cautioning that later waves will accumulate.

“We’ll be plowing and salting at the same time, and we’ll continue to do that until the storm has passed,” he said, calling this a “standard snow situation.”

He says its possible there will be plows out during morning drive time on Thursday, and in that case, he says to just give the vehicles plenty of room.

Another request — move cars off the street, if possible, because Wrone says it’s difficult enough for plows to get down narrow streets and its even harder with cars parked on either side.

Contact reporter Michael Calhoun: mrcalhoun@cbs.com, @michaelcalhoun

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