MoDOT and Schools Prepare for Winter Weather
COLUMBIA - MoDOT and Columbia Public Schools are taking steps to prepare for winter weather on Thursday. Weather forecasters predict one to six inches of snow to fall, starting at 7:00 a.m.
MoDOT Maintenance Superintendent Mike Belt said a fleet of 24 trucks will clear the roads. MoDOT plans to start throwing salt onto roads an hour before the snow fall starts.
Columbia Public Schools Assistant Director Ron Monson said salt trucks started releasing salt on driveways and bus routes Wednesday afternoon, including problem spots such as hills. Monson said custodians at the schools will also stay longer to clear sidewalks and parking lots, and check the schools are stocked with bags of salt.
Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Coordinator Michelle Baumstark said the district will make a decision on any school closings before 6 a.m. Thursday. Baumstark said a team will investigate road conditions. Baumstark said if school is cancelled, the district will send out a text on its alert system, on the website, and through email.