Freezing rain is taking it's toll on area roadways. Icy conditions caused dozens of crashes Monday morning.
Icy conditions are blamed for four accidents in a five-mile stretch of Interstate 55 before 7:00 a.m. Police say two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a three-car crash at I-55 and Lindbergh. Police also say a car slid on the ice and struck an emergency vehicle working that accident.
Police say most of the accidents were caused by drivers going too fast for the slick road conditions.
MoDOT District Engineer Becky Allmeroth says crews began pretreating area roads at midnight. Allmeroth says if motorists in these areas can delay travel until late morning it will help.
MoDOT crews are using a combination of salt brine, rock salt and beet juice to improve areas roadways during this storm.
With warmer weather on the horizon, St. Louis City Streets Director Todd Waelterman says crews will have to be ready to switch gears, literally overnight. Waeltermann tells Fox 2 News that today's winter weather will quickly be replaced by Pothole season.
"You know the roads have opened up considerably, and with the warmer weather, you're going to see a lot of movement of this pavement," Waelterman said. "So it is going to be pothole week."