Snowstorm forces those traveling through mid-Missouri to lay low

    Snow obscures traffic on Interstate 70 in Kingdom City Friday afternoon. Drivers said they stopped and booked hotel rooms to avoid putting themselves at further risk. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)<p>{/p}

    A cross-country traveler on Friday said conditions deteriorated to the point that he had to put his journey on hold.

    Bill Hubbell and his father were traveling from their hometown of Fremont, Neb. to Melbourne, Fla. to deliver a customized truck Hubbell had just sold. Hubbell said he was surprised to see this much snowfall in Missouri.

    "I thought I'd have a safe trip, but a little more snow than we expected," he said.

    Hubbell said conditions deteriorated as they drove east from Kansas City on Interstate 70. Snow and slush gradually built up on the road surface and he started seeing more and more slide-offs. By the time they arrived in Kingdom City, the Hubbells decided they'd had enough.

    "Every exit to the next kept getting a lot thicker, a lot thicker, so I figured I'd probably better play it safe and hang out here for a while," he said.

    According to MoDOT's traveler information map, the snowfall led to at least three road closures including Highway WW in Boone County. The National Weather Service said snow will continue to accumulate into Saturday morning. Staff at the Holiday Inn Express in Kingdom City said they had multiple people getting off the highway and booking a room to wait out the storm, though not as many as they had expected.

    Hubbell got a hotel room in Kingdom City. He said it would have taken at least a couple hundred more miles before he was out of the weather system, and he thought it would be "very foolish" to continue.

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