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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – MoDOT crews have some words of encouragement for drivers tired of braving wintry conditions: a smoother ride is coming tomorrow.

That's right: commuters can expect interstates to be mostly clear, and almost back to normal, according to a news release.

The department says sunshine and rising temperatures on Tuesday helped crews make headway on the foot of snow that blanketed the city's roads. Crews also continued plowing and applying chemicals and abrasives.

"We made a lot of progress today," St. Louis District Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth said in a news release. "The warmer temperatures and the additives we used were just what we needed today. Motorists will have mostly clear interstates tomorrow morning, but we aren't done, yet. We still have to work on secondary roads and rural routes before we're done."

Drifting snow and some shady areas of the highway made some locations – notably I-55 south and I-64 in downtown St. Louis (near Kingshighway) – among the toughest spots to clear.

Crews hope to improve roadways before another onslaught of winter weather on Wednesday.

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