This 8 a.m. photo shows ice beginning to collect in downtown Houston.

Houston Schools will be dismissed the remainder of the week, Dr. Dan Vandiver, superintendent, announced shortly after noon Wednesday.

Thursday’s classes are canceled due to inclement weather. Parent-teacher conferences planned for that evening have also been canceled. The district will also be dismissed Friday, which was an already planned day off.

The Lady Tigers’ home basketball game Thursday against Liberty has been postponed. Brent Kell, head coach and athletic director, said he would announce a rescheduled date sometime tomorrow.

All Texas County schools also dismissed Thursday for the third consecutive day as the area continues to recover from a winter storm.

The storm claimed the life of Licking woman, who was injured Tuesday morning when her vehicle went out-of-control south of Rolla and struck a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer’s vehicle as he was traveling to troop headquarters in Willow Springs. (Read the story.)

There are power disruptions in the region. Intercounty Electric Cooperative reported 341 customers in the Cabool area without power at 9:20 a.m Tuesday. By afternoon, the number had dwindled to about 80. Persons experiencing an outage can call 866-621-3679.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists to try to stay home if possible.

EARLIER:

The National Weather Service says it expects freezing rain and sleet to develop in south-central Missouri tomorrow morning before turning to snow by nightfall in a storm described as “historic” in nature.

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency at a 3 p.m. news conference and activated the Missouri National Guard.

In a bulletin issued at about 2:30 p.m., it said it expects the heaviest snow accumulations to be north of the Interstate 44 corridor and west of Highway 65. In west-central Missouri more than a foot of snow is expected.

The most ice accumulation is expected south of the Interstate 44 corridor near Table Rock Lake north and into the Salem, Winona and West Plains areas. One half to three quarters of an inch accumulation is expected with locally higher amounts possible.

The lastest National Weather Service bulletin says:

  • Embedded thunder is possible that will lead to heavy bursts of wintry precipitation.
  • Bitterly cold temperatures are expected Tuesday night until Friday morning.
  • The combination of the heavy snow, ice, wind and bitter cold will result in significant impacts to travel, life and property.
  • The heaviest precipitation will likely fall during both the Tuesday morning and afternoon commute.
  • Strong north winds of 20 to 30 miles per hours will develop from Tuesday into Tuesday night. Blowing and drifting snow can be expected.
  • Localized to scattered power outages are likely.

EARLIER:

The National Weather Service said Monday morning that the heaviest snow can be expected along and north of the Interstate 44 corridor.

Other information released by the National Weather Service:

  • Blizzard-like conditions and considerable blowing and drifting are expected.
  • Significant ice and sleet accumulations of a quarter to three quarters of an inch are expected, especially along and south of Interstate 44. The heaviest accumulations of ice are expected from the Table Rock Lake region…north and east into Salem, Winona and the West Plains area.
  • Thunderstorms are possible across the region, which could lead to heavy bursts of wintry precipitation.
  • Bitterly cold temperatures are expected from Tuesday night until Friday morning. Highs will be in the upper single digits and teens. Low temperatures below zero are expected. Wind chills are fall into the 10 to 20 below range at times Tuesday night into Friday morning.

 

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