Please stay home
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:12:26 GMT —
If there is one thing we can tell you right now, it would be: "please stay home."
Visibility around the Tri-States is nearly down to zero as the snow continues to fall.
Tpr. Kindhart the Illinois State Police advised that Highway 172 and Interstate 72 are at stand still in multiple places. Traffic can't get up the hill at Highway 96 at Rileys Curve. Illinois 107/US 54 at Interstate 72 there is a jackknifed semi and traffic is traffic stopped all directions.
Illinois 57 is almost impassable due to drifting snow. Snow has come heavy and quick and roadways are snow packed. Some are barely barely passable. Stalled cars and trucks have caused numerous traffic back-ups. State police remind you to please remember to use headlights so you are seen at a distance. Increase your stopping distance and remember to clean off all windows and lights before you travel if you must venture out.
Jim Dewey, with
, reported that traffic was stopped on the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge until a MoDOT truck and an IDOT truck pushed through together.
Marion County Emergency Dispatch is requesting the public refrain from calling 911 for non-emergency calls. The numerous non-emergency calls are congesting the call lines.
A semi jackknifed in front of O'Reilly's Auto Parts on the southbound lane of US 61 in Hannibal. Crews were finally able to reopen the roadway just before 6 p.m.
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The Hannibal Police Department is requesting residents remain at home and do not leave their house unless it is an emergency. They want to inform the public that officers will only be responding to emergency calls and traffic accidents involving injury or if someone is trapped in their vehicle. They will not be responding to any other type of calls. If you are involved in a minor vehicle accident, please acquire all pertinent information and come to the police department when weather conditions allow.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety is alerting drivers through the state to remember two numbers: 511 to check on travel conditions before you hit the road and 911 if you get caught in a snow emergency on the road. To check out the Iowa Department of Transportation's travel information page click here.
Highway 99 is closed one mile South of Versailles, Ill. due to two jackknifed semis. The highway reopened, but Brown County Sheriff's Office officials said that Highway 107 is now reopened.
At approximately 4:45 p.m. we learned of two semis involved in a crash four miles North of Hannibal on Highway 61 in the South bound lane. Traffic is at a stop.
KHQA's Kristen Aguirre was stuck in the snow on State Street earlier this afternoon as she left work to go home and fortunately several good samaritans stopped to assist. Take a look at the video above.
Ameren Illinois reports Thursday night that 888 people are without power in Adams County and 96 people are without power in Brown County.
Road conditions on Thursday night continue to be hazardous in Missouri , Illinois and Iowa. Officials report that wind and freezing rain have created extra challenges. Drivers are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads through the night to give crews a chance to get a handle on the situation.
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And please ... by all means ... stay home if you can!