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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As Kansas City residents try to get home and avoid the oncoming winter weather, road crews were gearing up to head out into it.

With Monday's commute likely to be affected by the freezing rain heading into the area, MoDOT and KDOT workers began 12-hour shifts to prepare for the slick conditions.

Many area schools are still closed for Christmas break, so that is some good news for the morning traffic outlook.

Crews on the Missouri side are doing some pre-treating on bridges and overpasses. Kansas road crews have elected not to pre-treat the roads, saying the overnight rain would just wash it away.

MoDOT and KDOT workers have all on hands on deck, but they are still advising drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

Still, for drivers like Aaron Hopkins, when you have to brave the roadways, there are still some precautions to take.

"That tire was low so I aired it up, I gassed it up and made sure all the coolant and everything was full because you don't want to run out or have your car die in snow," Hopkins said.

KDOT will have 46 snowplows out in the metro to clear roads, but if you must drive Monday morning, drive slowly and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.