Authorities are reporting dangerous conditions on highways as a coat of ice turned the roadways into rinks.
Numerous accidents began occurring last night in the region.
The National Weather Service said early this morning that black ice was forming on road surfaces. The combination of freezing drizzle and freezing fog was beginning to accumulate on roadways. That’s caused dangerous driving conditions, it said.
Emergency personnel have been called out to several accidents in the county.
Roads and bridges throughout south central Missouri are still partially covered with black ice, advises the Missouri Department of Transportation. (MoDOT). Travel is not recommended.
Crews battled freezing rain and ice throughout the evening, and are still working to clear surfaces. Black ice still coats many surfaces and is very difficult to see. If you are unable to stay home, and must travel, please drive slowly, MoDOT said,
The MoDOT Traveler Information Map is experiencing technical difficulties and staff is working to fix the problem. At this time, roads in the West Plains area is considered “mostly wet,” with a great deal of black ice. Also, Highway 47, near the St. Francois County line, is closed due to an accident.