MoDOT preparing for winter's worst in the Ozarks through the weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- MoDOT is preparing for a wintry mess through Sunday in the Ozarks.

MoDOT crews pretreated some early Friday morning. But during the rainy day Friday, crews have not been treating the roads in the Springfield area. Engineers say the rain would wash off any salt or chemicals. They have sensors along I-44 monitoring the pavement temperature. The temperatures Friday morning hovered around 34 or 35 degrees in the Springfield area.

"So far we're holding steady on road temperatures, but tonight we're planning to have full crews in, because this is supposed to ramp up from north to south, north of Springfield," said Darin Hamelink, MoDOT district maintenance engineer. "So just to be on the safe side, we're going to have crews in at all buildings."

MoDOT still has an 85 percent supply of salt.

Stores like Westlake Ace Hardware are seeing a few customers purchasing supplies like ice melt, flashlights and propane.