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MODOT crews continue to work today on roads impacted by Tuesday's winter storm. KSMU's Missy Shelton talks with MODOT spokesperson Bob Edwards.
Shelton: Joining me on the phone to talk about the condition of the roads in the Ozarks is Bob Edwards, spokesman for MODOT in the Springfield area. How are the roads looking this morning?Edwards: We still have roads in about the same condition as we did at dark Wednesday evening—snow covered in many areas. We’ve been able to plow snow out of the way so it’s not so deep but there’s a snow pack, it’s hard packed in a lot of areas including on some of the main roads. That’s why we haven’t been able to call any of our roads clear.Shelton: Is there anything MODOT can do about that or is just a matter of waiting for it to melt away?Edwards: We’re going to continue working on the roads today and even though temperatures will be low, the sunlight will help and we’ll make some more progress today just as we did on Wednesday.Shelton: Have you found this to be a particularly challenging snow event because the temperatures staying so low?Edwards: Yes, low temperatures and early on, the wind which drifted the snow. It has been a challenge. But this happens periodically in the winter, we have an event like this and until conditions moderate, we can’t do as much as we would like to do.