Whether or not one believes the Farmer's Almanac, the lake area could see it's first snow this week. The Almanac is calling for wet snow sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7.
With winter-like temperatures upon us, the Missouri Department of Transportation is gearing up for snowy weather around the lake.
During a drill on Tuesday, employees put their winter preparations to the test during the annual statewide winter operations drill. The department activated its emergency operations center and deployed vehicles with snowplows and spreaders across state routes to simulate a snowfall event. Despite precipitation, the drill went on as planned.
"We believe it went well. We went ahead proceeded with it even in the
rain," MoDOT engineer Bob Lynch said. "Many employees got re-familiar with their routes."
Lynch went on to say that the drill allowed the crews to re-calibrate their equipment and get ready for snowfall.
In Camden County alone, MoDOT covers 563 miles. In Morgan County, crews cover 590 miles along with 555 miles in Miller County.
"We think it is important to have this training each year. It gets us ready for the winter time," Lynch added.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, winter temperatures will be colder than normal with the coolest periods in mid- to late-December, early January, mid-January and early March. The snowiest periods are said to be in early November, late December, mid-January, early to mid February and late February.