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MoDOT crews coat roads ahead of possible snow

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A chance of snow could accompany these frigid temperatures going into Sunday night.

And MODOT crews are already out to help make the road as safe as possible.

Parts of the Heartland could see a few inches of snow to wrap up this weekend.

It's not going unnoticed by MODOT crews.

On Friday, they focused on coating bridges in Cape Girardeau, saying those are the first to freeze.

But in a year where salt may be hard to come by crews are spraying beet juice to treat the roads.

Experts say it stays on the road longer and actually does a better job at preventing slippery conditions.

"The beet juice is our back up for salt," said Jackson/Cape Girardeau MODOT maintenance superintendent Lawrence Schumer. "It's extending the life of our salt pile and it works as well as salt if not better. And we're using a lot of cinders now too and we treat the cinders with the beet juice. And it's relatively cheap and it does a real good job."

But it's no replacement for safe driving habits.

Experts stress drivers need to be cautious any time it snows and give plows plenty of room to do their jobs when necessary.

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