By Tracy Clemons

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Missouri Department of Transportation crews are gearing up to make sure the roads are ready for a chance of freezing rain Friday morning.

Officials say this approaching storm looks like it's a bit unpredictable, so they're just making sure they do everything they can to get the roads ready.

Close to 200 trucks spent all Thursday on the roads throughout the St. Louis region Thursday pre-treating the roads with salt brine and beet juice.

"That beat juice derivative we add to it makes it work and more effective for lower temperatures," says MoDot District Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. "So we are treating every single route that we own, all 6,200 lane miles, and making sure that we are prepared in case it hits every single area of the St. Louis region at once that our trucks won't have to be everywhere at once because it's already been pre-treated and prepared."

She offered some advice for drivers in the Friday morning rush hour.

"When these pre-treating vehicles are out and when the vehicles are out, the MoDot vehicles are out in the morning, leave them extra room. What they're spraying out, we're using a lot of liquid operations. So it's salt brine mixed with the beet juice. If you get too close to it, it does get on your car. It's completely harmless to your car but it does take a little elbow grease to get it off. It's in your best interest just to stay back a little bit."

Allmeroth also encourages drivers to leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you because of the possibility of black ice.

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