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Preparing for Snow

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Even before the weather service began talking about the possibility of snow, the Missouri Department of Transportation began getting ready for winter weather. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

REGARDLESS OF HOW LONG WE WAIT FOR OUR FIRST BIG SNOWFALL HERE IN THE OZARKS, OFFICIALS WITH THE MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT SAY THEY'RE PREPARED.

BOB EDWARDS IS THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S SOUTHWEST DISTRICT.

HE SAYS THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT HAS MORE SALT THAN IN THE PAST.

THIS WINTER, THE DISTRICT HAS MORE THAN 23 THOUSAND TONS OF SALT ON HAND. TYPICALLY, THE DEPARTMENT USES THREE-QUARTERS OF THAT IN A YEAR ON ROADS IN ITS 12-COUNTY AREA.

I'M MISSY SHELTON FOR KSMU NEWS.