Posted at 9:13 a.m. Saturday: Another round of snow hit the area overnight, dropping another three to four inches of snow on the region.
The National Weather Service said Saturday morning that another system will bring an additional chance of snow to the area Sunday and Monday with the possibility of one to two inches of accumulation.
A third system by the middle of the week will bring another possibility of accumulating show, the National Weather Service said.
It said temperatures will be well below normal over the next few days.
Posted at 12:29 p.m. Friday: The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Advisory ahead of an expected one to three more inches of snow to fall in south-central Missouri.
The advisory runs until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Another system is expected Sunday into Monday. It will bring the chance of another one to two inches of accumulation, the National Weather Service said.
A third system will hit in the middle of next week and include a chance for more snow.
Ice and snow fell on Texas County, closing schools and businesses and making travel treacherous. Roads remain covered as the next wave of winter – brutally cold temperatures – arrived in the region.
The county escaped the brunt of the storm, which left parts of the state paralyzed.
The winter storm sent MoDOT trucks onto highways Tuesday as a slippery coat of sleet began covering roadways. Conditions are tough: Sleet followed by snow and high winds made cleaning roads rougher.
MoDOT is coordinating its emergency response operations with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency and other partners. As with all winter storms, MoDOT will treat the highest-traveled major roads first until they are mostly clear. All the remaining less-traveled roads will be plowed to allow for safe travel concentrating on hills, curves and intersections.
If you do have to travel, MoDOT urges you to plan ahead, take your time and know what you’re up against by checking the Herald’s website and the department’s “Traveler Information Map” at www.modot.org. The map gives drivers an up-to-the-minute view of road conditions for major Missouri highways. Conditions for major routes across the state are color-coded to give visitors the information they need at a glance.
Travelers can also call MoDOT’s toll-free number, 888-ASK-MODOT, to get road condition information.
Slick roads are blamed for a fatal accident early Tuesday that killed a woman from Licking.
Karen Chambers, 55, was killed in a Phelps County crash on a snow- and ice-covered U.S. 63 after she lost control and struck a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer’s car head-on. She died at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla.
Officers said the southbound 2010 patrol vehicle driven by Lt. George W. Arnold, 43, of Rolla, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. Chambers’ northbound 2006 Chevrolet HHR crossed back over the centerline and came to rest in the roadway.
Arnold sustained moderate injuries and also was taken to the Rolla hospital. He was released later in the day. He is assigned to Troop G at Willow Springs.
Patrol officers said both vehicles were totaled in the accident about 12 miles south of Rolla. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Snowfall reports were higher in an area that stretched from Rolla to the Lake of the Ozarks and generally north of Interstate 44. I-70 between St. Louis and Kansas City was closed and reopened Wednesday. I-44 from Springfield into Oklahoma also is not open.
One injury-related accident was reported Tuesday night south of Summersville.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officers are working 12-hour shifts to assist the public, and on Wednesday the agency urged motorists to stay off the roadways if possible. All leave days are cancelled as some troopers travel in four-wheel drive vehicles.
The patrol began working with the State Emergency Management Agency on Monday to preposition manpower and resources in advance of the winter storm. Texas County residents also worked in advance of the blast to fill up kitchen cabinets. Milk and bread were hot items as consumers piled into grocers on Monday.
The needs of residents continue to be monitored by state officials. On Tuesday afternoon, Missouri accepted the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s offer of help to deploy personnel and coordinate activities. FEMA has also prepositioned commodities for rapid delivery, if needed, including water, meals, blankets, cots, generators and other essential items.
By mid-morning Tuesday, Intercounty Electric Cooperative said more than 300 customers – mainly in the Cabool area – were with without power. Icy conditions caused problems for some in its electrical distribution system. Another 200 lost service in the Summersville area. Later in the day, the number had dwindled to 80 and all power was on Tuesday night.
Intercounty said a half-inch accumulation on power lines is capable of snapping them. Additionally ice can increase the weight of tree branches by 30 times.
The forecast isn’t encouraging: High winds are expected to provide the ingredients for additional trouble. The National Weather Service said strong winds were expected to cause blowing and drifting of snow.
The National Weather Service said one to three inches of moresnow is expected.