Winter weather strikes campus area

MoDOT map depicting road conditions at 9 p.m. during a Jan. 23, 2020 winter weather event. The purple indicates snow-covered roads, including U.S. Highway 50 through Jefferson City and Highway 63 north and south of Cole County. (MoDOT)

By Clarion News staff

JEFFERSON CITY – A potent winter weather event began wreaking havoc for motorists across much of central and east-central Missouri during the Thursday afternoon drive-time. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported numerous weather-related traffic accidents in the Capital City area and beyond. However, temperatures are expected to keep the chaos short-lived into Friday.

The National Weather Service issued advisories throughout Thursday, indicating hazardous travel along secondary roads. By late Thursday evening, major interstates began to clear, thanks to temps in the low 30s and aggressive salting and scraping of highways. However, some roadways north, south, and east of Jefferson City received heavy snowfall, creating dangerous driving conditions into the late evening hours.

The Weather Service says temperatures will slowly rise through the day Friday and into the weekend.

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