With winter storms on the way to Missouri again, road crews around the lake keep their eye to the weather.


With winter storms on the way to Missouri again, road crews around the lake keep their eye to the weather.

With more than 80 miles of road to cover, sometimes both before and after heavy precipitation, Osage Beach Public Works superintendent Rick King said the planning begins long before the snow or ice hits the city.

"In the summer, we stockpile our materials, such as salt, for the next winter," he said. "And immediately after every event, we maintain our equipment, clean them up and prepare them for the next one."

King said if temperatures and precipitation seem like they will be at a certain level, the crews will pretreat the roads with either salt or liquid calcium chloride.

Once the plow trucks have had their chance to out on the roads, King said they will then chemically treat them.

As for how soon into a storm they start clearing the roads or how much salt or chemicals they use, he said that depends on the conditions.

"Each event is different," he said. "When it's precipin hard, it would really be a waste to put anything down.

"We just do our best to keep our community safe and the roads clear."

King said the city has about three-fourths of its salt reserves left.

Current weather forecast

Tonight: Snow. Low around 17. Wind chill values as low as 7. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as 6. East wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of light snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -1. North wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. North wind around 6 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 6.

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