Spring snow slows travel
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:38:49 GMT —
Several drivers on Highway 54 in Callaway County ended up in the median after they lost control in the heavy snow. People driving over the Jefferson City Missouri River Bridge used one plowed lane in both directions as the blinding snow blew in winds of up to 30 miles per hour. Tony White and his daughter Keaishia never thought they would be shoveling snow outside their Jefferson City home on the fifth day of spring.
Tony White said, "I'm about done with it. I'm ready for some sunny days. That's for sure. I'm ready to ride the motorcycle."
Many Mid-Missouri students are on Spring Break. Instead of enjoying the sunshine, they are walking in a winter wonderland.
Keaishia White said, "I don't like it at all. It's a horrible way to start off spring break. We can't do anything fun. You just have to stay inside."
24 Jefferson City snow plow drivers hit the streets at 6 a.m. on Sunday as they tried to keep up with the heavy snowfall.
Jefferson City plow truck drivers said they didn't have too much trouble getting around in the snow because most people stayed home and were out of their way. They said the biggest problem was during the height of the storm when visibility was practically zero.
At times, visibility was a quarter of a mile or less.
Jefferson City Public Works Official Britt Smith said, "Getting this volume of snow was pretty unusual for us. We had to get all of the equipment back and ready. We had already shifted over for springtime. We were able to get everything taken care of. We got everything on the road."
Snow clean-up crews across Mid-Missouri will continue to work around the clock until every priority and secondary road becomes passable.