1 year ago by Bryan Nichols
Road crews have worked around the clock to prepare roads for the day
Heavy snowfall blanketed the Tri-States Thursday. Some in the area even got their first taste of “thunder snow.” Snow started to fall just before noon and came down heavy and quick for a good portion of the day.
Schools and many businesses across the area closed early. Most schools are closed once again today. You can find the updated list of closings and cancellations here.
Travel became difficult shortly thereafter as snow plow drivers could only hit the main roads and even then, could barely keep up.
Continuous snowfall made heavily travelled roads in Illinois such as IL 57, IL 172 and IL 72 impassable in some places.
Adams County 911 processed 263 weather related incidents, Quincy Police Department handled 225 weather related incidents and the Adams County Sheriff's Department handled 38 incidents.
The City of Quincy declared a snow emergency late yesterday. All vehicles must be kept off the snow emergency routes so crews can plow. That remains in effect until further notice.
And close to 900 Ameren Illinois customers found themselves without power for a period of time Thursday evening.
In Missouri, U.S. 61 was shut down in two different places for several hours after separate tractor-trailers jack-knifed. Traffic was also slowed to a stop for a while as it came off the Mark Twain Bridge near Hannibal during the early afternoon hours. Some drivers reported a delay of up to three hours
All of those roads re-opened early yesterday evening.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency early Thursday. He also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan. That allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.