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Troopers stress driving safety during season's first snow

The season’s first snow surprised thousands of commuters across mid-Missouri on Friday morning as someone wrote the word “Boo” in the snow along Highway 63 in Columbia. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Missouri Highway Patrol Troopers wanted everyone to drive with caution on Friday as we experienced the first snow of the season.

Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F saw very few accidents during the first snowfall of the season. Troopers in central Missouri reported one injury crash and several slide offs.

The season’s first snow surprised thousands of commuters across mid-Missouri on Friday morning as someone wrote the word “Boo” in the snow along Highway 63 in Columbia. Troopers said fast melting snow and recent warmer temperatures helped prevent weather related accidents.

“We have to look at the fact that about a week and a half ago it was 70 degrees," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott White said. "It melted quite a bit on the roadways which helped a lot. I know MoDOT was out there working hard treating the bridges beforehand.”

Troopers wanted drivers to increase their distance and decrease their speed.

“When we find people in the ditches and the slide offs, we find out they are traveling too fast for the conditions," White said. "If the speed limit is 70 miles an hour and it’s snowing, you probably shouldn’t be doing 70 miles an hour. You should be doing quite a bit less than that.”

Troopers said if you slide off a roadway, you need to stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on. Troopers said if you get out of your car, you run the risk of getting injured or killed by another passing vehicle.

Troopers wanted people to have an ice scraper, blankets, a flashlight and a fully charged cell phone when traveling in snowy conditions.

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