City, county and state crews continue clearing efforts
Whiteout conditions persisting throughout the majority of the day Thursday, including heavy, wet snow, thundersnow and intermittent sleet combined to close schools, government offices and businesses, halt travel, strand motorists and bury Mexico under 10 inches of snow.
Motorists found travel conditions treacherous to impossible.
Mexico city street crews spent all day Thursday and Thursday night working on the main streets in the city and residental areas.
According to Street Supervisor Kevin Barker, crews will be working today and tonight and maybe Saturday and Sunday. Due to the depth of the snow, crews made a path in and a path out in residential areas and Barker said they will go back later today to widen the streets.
This morning crews were on the village square clearing sidewalks and making paths into the entrances of downtown buildings.Tonight they will be hauling away the piles of snow.
"We still need to clear the airport and parking lots," Barker said.
The city trucks are no different from other vehicles. "We get stuck like everyone else," Barker added. That was the situation this morning and Barker said it takes time to pull the trucks out and get them clearing roads again.
Mexico Public Safety has also been busy responding to slide-offs, minor accidents and abandoned vehicles in the streets. As of this morning there were too many responses to count by MPSD.
Mexico Public Safety Director Susan Rockett said there were no reported injuries from vehicle accidents. They had all emergency systems in affect and were responding to incidents as fast as possible. Rockett would also like to remind residents not to shovel their snow into the streets.
Missouri Department of Transportation crews, city and county road crews, law enforcement, emergency responders and good samaritans worked most of Thursday and are still working this morning to clear stalled vehicles, assist motorists and clear paths in the combination of snow, sleet and thundersnow which began at 9:25 Thursday morning and continued until Thursday night.
Interstate 70 at Route 63 in Columbia re-opened to traffic Thursday night around 8 p.m. after multiple accidents and stalled vehicles caused traffic to back up on the snow-covered highway.
Many of the state's highways remain covered. Motorists can get the latest road conditions by visiting MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at the website http://www.modot.org/ or by calling toll-free 1-888-275-6636.