The State Transportation Department had about 3,000 snow plow and sand truck drivers out on Missouri roads during Sunday’s and Monday’s winter storms. MoDOT Deputy Director Ed Hassinger says the storm was tough to battle because the snow, ice and rain kept falling throughout most of Missouri.

Hassinger says the department spends an annual average of 45 million dollars on snow removal. Last year, was not an average winter – MoDOT spent about 65 million dollars.

Hassinger says each kind of precipitation requires a different approach. He also says storms alternating from snow to ice to rain take a lot of material, like salt, making cleanup expensive.