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      Winter storm 2011 updates

      UPDATE: Monday, Feb.7 at 5:18 am

      For the most part hard top roads in Illinois are all clear and free of snow and ice.But some of the side and gravel roads are still slick and snow packed.Counties we were told that drivers need to pay special attention to are Adams, Hancock, Pike Coutny and Scott County where the buses are running on Emergency routes Monday.In Missouri and Iowa the story is pretty much the same. Most main roads are clear, but drivers still need to use caution on secondary and gravel roads.That is especially true in Adair, Audrain, Clark, Lewis, Macon, Pike, Ralls, Scotland and Schuyler counties in Missouri and Lee, Des Moines and Van Buren counties in Iowa.

      UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 4 at 9:21 a.m.

      The Snow Emergency that had been extended in the downtown area of Quincy will expire at 10:00 a.m. this morning, February 4, 2011. The City will continue to monitor snow situations and address them properly.

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      UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 a.m.

      Sgt. Russ Morey Iowa State Police (6:35 am)

      All major roads in Iowa have been upgraded and most vehicles in ditches have been removed. Conditions have returned to regular winter driving conditions.

      Trooper Mike Kindhart Illinois State Police (6:22 am)

      Major highways and interstates are clear but there are some patchy spots that drivers need to watch out for. US 61 and US 24 do have some narrow spots some places. Illinois 104 is still snow covered from the rest area all the way to the Liberty and Five Points. Most of the vehicles have been cleared out of ditches.

      Master Sgt. Tom Perkins Illinois State Police (6:04 am)

      Roads are open today but there are some slick spots because of melting snow. I-DOT crews will be out salting again today. Not expecting any major problems with drifting snow today.

      Marisa Brown Ellison Missouri Department of Transportation (5:44 am)

      75% of state routes are now two laned. All the roads in Marion and Ralls county are two laned. MoDOT extends it's thanks and appreciation to all the farmers who have helped out by clearing gravel roads in the county. Drivers need to have patience with snow plow crews who may be forced to plow snow into driveways and ends of roads because of the large volume of snow.

      John Simon Adams County Emergency Management (5:33 am)

      Operations in the Emergency Operations Center have been suspended. County crews are out again on Friday. Highways in the county are improving but township roads are taking more time because of large drifts. Crews are expected to work throughout the weekend. Emergency crews are continuing to exercise caution when responding to emergencies on gravel roads.

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      UPDATE: Friday, Feb.4 at 4:52 am.

      We start out this morning in Quincy where there is good news to report.City streets including those icy intersections appear to be clear but drivers are asked to still be cautious because of possible icy spots.In the county...highways and blacktops are clear for the most part but there are some patchy ice spots to be careful of.Gravel roads continue to be the biggest problem in the county with some covered in 10 foot snow drifts.Drivers are still advised NOT to attempt to go down those roads until crews can clear them safely.Brown County reports that secondary road are still the biggest problem there with some still snow covered and drivers still sliding off into ditches.Cass County reports that main highways are clear in the county but secondary roads are still spotty and most gravel roads are snow packed.Same thing in Hancock county where secondary and gravel roads are reportedly still slick and in some cases snow covered.Highways in McDonough County still have patches of ice that drivers need to be cautious of. Many secondary and gravel roads are still snow packed.Morgan County reports lots of ice patches on the highway and drivers are urged to use caution on secondary roads. Some of them are passable but drivers still need to take their time.In Pike County Illinois the main roads are clear but like so many other places drivers need to use caution on secondary roads.Schuyler County Illinois reports that secondary roads and gravel roads are still the biggest problem. Secondary roads are still snow covered but drivers can pass on them. Gravel roads on the other hand are still blocked and drivers should avoid them all together.In Scott County the main roads are reportedly clear but buses are driving on hazard routes only for school today.And there are still reports of icy streets in Macomb.We also have reports that travel on 72 near Jacksonville is clear.

      In Adair County Missouri crews were out working overnight and most of the main roads are clear. There ares still some slick spots on city streets and many of them still have a light covering of snow. Secondary road in the county remain snow covered.In Audrain County secondary and main roads are mostly clear but there are still icy patches that drivers need to watch out for.Clark County, Missouri reports the same kind of conditions with drivers advised to use caution on side roads.Hannibal continues to improve with the highways clear and most city streets passable. One of the biggest problems now is side streets where there is so much snow that drivers are having a hard time parking their cars.Knox County reports that main roads are clear but drivers need to be cautious on secondary and gravel roads. We were told that some farmers in the county too matters into their own hands and clear some gravel roads themselves.It's the same story in Lewis County where once again main roads are clear but drivers still need to be cautious on secondary and gravel roads.By all reports roads are clearing up in Marion County but drivers are still advised to use caution on secondary and gravel roads.In Macon County 63 & 36 are clear and many secondary and gravel roads are passable by one lane.Gravel and secondary road warnings apply to Monroe County and Pike County Missouri roads as well.It's a similar situation in Ralls County where it may be the weekend before crews are able to make all the secondary and gravel roads passable.Scotland County reports clear highways and passable side and gravel roads. But drivers are still advised to avoid the gravel roads as much as possible.Shelby County reports most gravel roads are passable and main roads are clear.Schuyler County Missouri reports that main roads in the county are open but like everywhere else secondary and gravel roads are still a problem.In Iowa: Lee, Van Buren and Des Moines Counties report that the highways are clearing up but that drivers still need to watch out for icy patches.

      UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4:55 p.m.

      A blood drive will be held in Quincy on Feb. 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Red Cross Chapter office on North 23rd Street in Quincy.

      People can make an appointment or the blood drive will take walk in's as well. Over 1,000 donations have been missed in the Heart of Illinois region since Monday.

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      UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

      In Adams County, 104 east of Liberty to Pike County is impassable.

      Hwy. 24 is in good shape for the most part. Especially in comparison to what it was.

      Gravel roads are still very bad and the blacktops are hit and miss.

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      UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

      Patience seems to wearing thin in the aftermath of Winter Storm 2011.

      We've heard reports today of snow plow drivers receiving rude gestures and negative comments as they work to clear streets. We also have had complaints coming into the KHQA newsroom about driveways being plowed shut after homeowners had worked or paid to clear them.

      Complaints also have come in about delays in getting snow cleared.

      Aside from the challenges crews have faced in dealing with huge snowfalls, strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures, we've also heard reports that some equipment is starting to show signs of wear and tear after being used continually for several days.

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      Quincy, Ill. -- Mail delivery is resuming today where there was access to mail boxes. The United States Post Office would like to remind residents to keep walkways, steps and all access areas to mailboxes clear of ice ans snow for the safe delivery of their mail.

      Rural delivery customers are reminded that ice and snow may make it difficult for mail delivery vehicles to stop at the mailbox. Rural carriers need to reach the mailbox from the vehicle. Spreading sand and salt where the vehicle stops will assist the carrier with the safe delivery of the mail.

      "The safety of our carriers is always a concern," said Postmaster Peggy Beck. "Ice and snow add an element of risk to mail delivery. Customers can help by clearing their walkways and drives."

      "Letter carriers do their best to provide customers with quality service. Keeping sidewalks, steps, and access areas to mailboxes clear of snow and ice makes their job a little easier and much safer."

      Quincy mail may be held at the Main Post Office at 3535 Locust St. until access to boxes is restored. Hold mail by going online at www.USPS.com or call 217-224-4950.

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      Ongoing frigid temperatures, massive snowfalls and blowing winds throughout much of the country have impacted more than just travel; they have also impacted the steady flow of blood donations to the American Red Cross. Round after round of severe winter weather has increased the number of cancelled blood and platelet donations through the Red Cross to nearly 23,000 since January 1.

      Though many people have responded, blood and platelet donations remain urgently needed to help replenish blood supplies impacted by inclement weather. As conditions make it safe for travel, the Red Cross is urging donors to make a donation appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

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      In Lewis County, Mo. some roads are NOT cleared off and they haven't been able to get some gravel roads. Crews are still out plowing an removing snow and hoping to get through all of the roads at least once by Friday.

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      A Clark County, Missouri resident reported a snow drift at his home south of Revere approximately 100 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 6-7 feet deep that completely buried his car; when he looked out his window Wednesday morning, only the vehicle's antenna was visible. Also in Clark County, people are starting to get out and resume their regular business in Kahoka, but the piles of snow around town are said to be huge.

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      Katie O'Brien with the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce says it seems like a whole new world in Keokuk today. The sun is shining and people are out and about. Traffic on Main Street seems almost back to normal, even though school is not in session. The Keosippi Mall is open, and the gas station near the mall is busy. Most stores and banks are open for business.

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      Clark County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Hearing in the cafeteria at Revere C-3 School District at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 has been postponed until further notice.

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      Effective Thursday, Feb. 3 at 10:00 a.m. the SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED FOR THE CITY OF MACOMB is CANCELLED.

      City streets remain hazardous and Macomb residents are advised and requested to exercise caution while traveling.

      Public Works appreciates the cooperation and patience of the public during this massive winter storm.

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      The Snow Emergency for the majority of Quincy will expire as planned at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. But it will be extended until Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for the following areas: Vermont St to York St., 3rd Street to 8th Street.

      No vehicles should park on these streets during the continued Snow Emergency. Work is being done to remove plowed snow from downtown streets and sidewalks.

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      Leigh Morris: Ameren Illinois ( 6:48 a.m.)

      Blowing wind is still a problem for power lines in the area.

      Morris advises gas customers to keep their meters clean by brushing of the snow with a broom. Do not use a sharp object like a shovel or ice pick. If you have a problem contact Ameren.

      Make sure you keep any outside flue vents clear of snow to avoid possible carbon monoxide gas backing up into your home.

      If you are experiencing any type of service problems call Ameren at 1-800-755-5000

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      Sgt. Russ Morey: Iowa State Patrol (6:34 a.m.)

      Partially covered roads many with patches of ice.

      Drivers are advised to regulate their speed.

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      Trooper Mike Kindhart: Illinois State Police( 6:23 a.m.)

      Most major roads are clear but there has been some snow drifiting back over them throughout the night.

      Secondary roads are still a problem especially over the next couple of days.

      Driver cooperation has been very good in the area.

      Colder temperatures over the next couple of days will make getting stranded even more dangerous than it has been over the last two days.

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      Master Sgt. Tom Perkins Illinois State Police ( 6:05 a.m.)

      Primary roads are open but there are still areas of patchy ice so drivers need to be cautious.

      Secondary roads remain extremely hazardous.

      IDOT is requesting that owner remove any abandoned vehicles from the side of the road as soon as possible so crews can clear those areas.

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      Marisa Brown Ellison Missouri Department of Transportation (5:45 a.m.)

      Lots of progress made over night Wednesday by MoDOT crews. But equipment is starting to have some problems after running constantly for 3 days.

      Secondary roads are still a major challenge.

      Crews are working on sight distance issues which means that crews will remove snow from intersections and sides so that drivers can see better when they pull out. Snow plows will continue to work on roads so drivers are urged to be cautious around them.

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      John Simon Adams County Emergency Management ( 5:33 a.m.)

      County road crews start back at 7am this morning.

      Drivers are advised to use caution many roads only have one lane open.

      Crews will focus on blacktops today. Travel on blacktops and secondary roads is still hit and miss and it could be a couple of days before they are cleared.

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      The snow emergency in Quincy has been extended until 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

      All city bus service is suspended Thursday, Feb. 3

      There will be no garbage or recycling pick up Thursday.

      And all city offices are closed Thursday.

      In Adams County Illinois 104 is closed just east of Kingston.

      Most of Highway 24 is open but there are parts of it that are down to one lane especially near Camp Point and Clayton.

      Most blacktops roads in the county are cleared but 65 to 70 percent of gravel roads in the county are still snow covered,especially in the Camp Point township.

      The sheriff's department urges anyone who uses a gravel road, that is still snowed in, to just stay at home.

      State road crews have worked through the night to widen the shoulders along the highways.

      County road crews will hit the roads hard again this morning starting at 7:00 a.m.

      Secondary roads are hit or miss.

      Adams County has 22 road districts, and many are dealing with equipment failure or drifting snow. These roads will take the longest to restore.

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      In Brown County...Most of the main roads in the county are clear but drivers are advised to take it slow and reduce their speed.

      Crews have worked through the night to clear the roadways but alleys in the county have not been touched and there have been reports of people getting stuck in alleys.

      Cass County reports this morning that Highways are clear in the county and most city roads are passable. But back roads and township roads are still a driving hazard and people should stay off of them.

      We also talked to sheriff's departments in Hancock, McDonough,Morgan, Pike, Schuyler and Scott counties and the picture is pretty much the same.

      Most state and secondary roads are cleared although some secondary roads may have some trouble spots. But drivers are advised to especially cautious on township roads as the blowing snow is making it hard for crews to get a handle on them.

      And like so many other place you should stay off of gravel roads altogether.

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      And in Schuyler County we were told that 101 going north is down to one lane.

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      In Adair County highway 63 is cleared for the most part but drivers are advised to watch out for patches of ice.-----------In Clark County parts of Highway 81 are still impassable but 136 is open.------------Highways 6, 61 and 81 are clear in Lewis County.Highway 16 is passable but there is only one clear lane available.---------Good news for drivers in Hannibal.Most of the city streets and highways have been cleared but police advise you to be aware that crews will still be working on them on Thursday.----------Both 63 and 36 are open and clear in Macon CountyCrews worked over night and we got a report that on worker was on until 11pm Wednesday night clearing away the snow in the courthouse driveway.There are piles of snow 15 feet high in that area.-----------Highways 24, 154 and 15 are all clear in Monroe County.----------Highway 54 in Pike County Missouri is clear but Highway 79 still has some problem areas.And secondary roads are still impassable.---------Highway 19 and 61 are clear in Ralls County.We have no report of problems on side roads but drivers should still use caution.--------Highway 15 north of Memphis and Highway 136 through Memphis are both clear and open.-----------Shelby county reports that's all roads in the area are clear.----------Highway 63 in Schuyler County is clear but drivers need to use extreme caution when traveling on secondary roads, many are still covered with snow.---------The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the major highways in northeast missouri range from clear to partly covered.But many smaller highways are still covered may not be cleared until later in the day on Thursday or even Friday.-----------Most of the main highways in the Macomb area are passable but some are down to only one lane.IDOT crews have worked through the night to clear them.Most secondary roads are still snow packed.People are being encouraged to stay home if you do not have to go anywhere..not only because of the now but because of the wind chill.-----------Highway 104, 5 miles east of Liberty to the Pike County line is impassable because of blowing snow.Most secondary roads in the are are also snow covered.Most of the major roads are clear but there are spots of black ice that drivers need to be cautious of.Drivers also need to pay special attention to bridges and overpasses.-----------And the reports we got from Lee, Van Buren and Des Moines county are that main roads are most passable but like everywhere else drivers need to be extra cautious of secondary roads.Especially in Keokuk where the city of Keokuk is digging out from under 17 inches of snow. Mayor Tom Marion says this snowfall that eclipses the accumulation during the blizzard of 19-78. Marion says he's considering declaring a citywide disaster, and will ask Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for help.

      Warming Shelters

      Red Cross (222-2477)

      First Christian Church- CampPoint

      Madison Park Christian Church-Quincy

      Oakley-Lindsay Center-Quincy

      Quincy Senior & Family Living Center-Quincy

      Salvation Army- QU North Campus -Homeless

      Memorial Hospital-Carthage (Cynthia Huffman:357-8500)

      Hancock County Nursing Home-Carthage

      Illini Community Hospital-Pittsfield

      Need Help Shoveling?

      Call the "New Start Rescue Mission" team-223-2100

      There is no water in Good Hope, Illinois. The water tower is dry because of the electric outage Tuesday night, which caused the main pump to go out. Repairs won't be done until Thursday. Once service is restored a 48-hour boil order will be in effect.

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      Pike County (IL) : Now getting all county system roads passable for traffic. Many township roads still aren't.

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      Monroe County: Main roads are clear. They have started clearing secondary roads and gravel roads. No reports of cars off of the road today. Crews are still working to get cars towed today.

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      Pike County (MO): Some roads are clear. Interstates are looking pretty good. They are still ice covered in places.

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      Marion County: Highways are partially cleared. The county roads are still dangerous and not clear.

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      Lewis County: The majority of the roads are clear. Today there were no reports of accidents or cars off the road.

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      Knox County: Roads are looking better. Main Highways are open and they are working on clearing the County Roads.

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      Clark County: 27, 136 and 61 are pretty much cleared. Side and secondary roads are still being cleared.

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      Audrain County: Side roads are still slick. Main roads are manageable.

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      Scott County: No reports of accidents. Roads are improving.

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      Schuyler County: 67 is getting cleared and Route 24 is spotty, but both lanes are open. Route 101 had problems earlier, but is improving. All State Highways are in decent shape, county roads are still spotty.

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      Morgan County: Roads are extremely poor. Several vehicles are still in ditches that were abandoned last night. Workers are still working to get cars out of these ditches. There are some power outages reported. All emergency personnel are working together to make sure everyone is safe.

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      McDonough County: Roads are slick and snow packed. Everyone is being advised to stay off the roads.

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      Hancock County: Road crews are out and roads continue to improve. Some roads are still snow covered.

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      Cass County: Roads are still down to one lane and continue to drift shut.

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      Brown County: US24 west of Mt Sterling is still drifting bad. One lane roads in some areas. Almost all the cars that were off in ditches have now been towed. 107: trucks are out, but travel is still not safe. In town roads are still snow packed and covered.

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      Quincy buses will not run Thursday. No Quincy garbage pickup Thursday. All Quincy city offfices will be closed Thursday.

      ---Trooper Ed Howard, Safety Education Officer, tells us that IL 164 approximately 1 mile west of IL 135 junction in Warren County is nearly impassable and should be avoided.

      Motorists should be aware of drifting snow in all areas throughout the day and should limit travel unless it is necessary.

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      The Herald-Whig will not be delivered to subscribers on Wednesday, due to the historic snowfall, but will be delivered to single-copy sales locations in Quincy and the region where possible. A list of those locations may be found on The Herald-Whig website ( whig.com ) by clicking on the Newsstand Locations link in the Interactive Toolbox on the home page. The Wednesday E-edition (PDFs of all pages) will be posted online and can be viewed at no charge by clicking on the link at the top of the home page. Home-delivery will resume Thursday, at which time all subscribers will receive a Wednesday paper and those who did not receive a Tuesday paper will receive that day TMs edition as well.

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      Quincy University athletic updates for this week: Tonight TMs men TMs volleyball match between Quincy and Rust have been cancelled (No makeup date announced). The Quincy men TMs and women TMs basketball games for this week, originally set for Thursday/Saturday have been pushed back one day each. They will now be at Saint Joseph TMs on Friday and at Illinois-Springfield on Sunday.

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      The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) cautions motorists against venturing out unless travel is absolutely necessary.

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      Illinois governor calls out more National Guard in response to blizzard.

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      Quincy Mayor John Spring told KHQA on Wednesday morning that city snow plows were on the street throughout the night.

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      As of 9 a.m., all major streets and snow emergency routes were cleared, and crews were working their way through subdivisions. Some vehicle owners likely found a surprise this morning, though, if they didn't move their cars off of marked emergency routes. We know some vehicles got plowed in along 6th Street between Locust and Broadway because they weren't moved by the city's deadline Tuesday afternoon; Mayor Spring says the owners of those vehicles likely will face fines.

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      Quincy City Hall will stay closed Wednesday. The Mayor hopes it will be able to open on Thursday, but that decision has not been made yet.

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      Crews are working to clear downtown municipal parking lots. That snow is being dumped at a couple of sites along the Quincy riverfront, including Bob Bangert Park.

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      Quincy Regional Airport is open, and at least one runway is clear for private planes. The city's air carrier, Cape Air, has cancelled its flights for today.

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      Amtrak service in and out of Quincy also is cancelled for Wednesday.

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      Quincy Mayor John Spring has extended the Snow Emergency for next 24 hours. It will be in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 and could be extended after that. Citizens should not park their cars on snow emergency routes even if they have been plowed.

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      Both Quincy post office locations are open for business today. Carriers will atempt to deliver mail where possible. They are not required to climb snow drifts to deliver mail. Blue boxes will be picked up tonight.

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      Illinois State Police (ISP) District 14 once again is urging everyone to stay off the roads!!! At this time, troopers on the roads advise that ALL Illinois roadways are snow-covered with very little visibility due to blowing and drifting snow. Motorists who venture onto the roadways and become stuck are exposing themselves to life-threatening conditions.

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      6 foot drifts are being reported on the bottom road from Quincy to Ursa.

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      Update out of Keokuk today. Snow plows were pulled off the streets last night as the situation was just to dangerous. Plows were back out at 4 a.m. Many roads have 2-3 foot drifts. Most roads are impassable. Main Stree has one lane open.

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      Kathy McKarty in Maywood, Mo. called to tell us that she is unable to leave her home. Snow has built up so much that even her large tractor tires just spin.

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      Quincy Senior and Family resource Center Closed today. Meals on Wheels Canceled for Quincy today as well as the dining service at the Senior center.

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      Lee county, Iowa is not recommending travel...we've heard that from everyone we've talked to today.

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      Someone from the I-R-S office in Quincy just called in to say it's closed today.

      -----We talked to a Quincy police officer who says he had to shovel his driveway 7 or 8 times, and he still wouldn't have made it to work this morning if a snow plow hadn't cleared his street at least once. -----Shawn Sparrow said on Facebook "Just an FYI in Quincy locust and 12th street had been plowed as of 430 am. none of the side roads have been plowed"-----Shelby County has lots of closed roads. And so far, people seem to be staying home and out of danger.-----The Missouri Highway Patrol in Macon says roads still are covered with blowing and drifting snow, but there aren't enough officers out on the roads yet to know where the particular problem areas are. -----Scotland County had a few people off in ditches, but nothing major. -----A viewer called in to report five foot drifts near Hazel and US 36 in Hannibal this morning.-----Ralls County had several vehicles reported stuck and neeeded assistance through the night, but everything otherwise OK.-----Pike County , Missouri says wind and cold is brutal. Highway 79 had one lane sort of passable, but still not good. Have some National Guard and Highway patrol in the area, and escorting people to motels as needed. Advises people to stay huniered down. They'll see how bad it is once the sun comes up.-----Monroe County had a few slide-offs, but otherwise a pretty quiet evening. Plows are out in Monroe City already this morning-----

      John Simon with Adams County Emergency Management says plows won't start runnning on county roads until daybreak. Ellington Township might start a little closer to Quincy sooner than that.There are the problem areas:highway 104 toward Libertyhighway 24 in the Paloma areahighway 61 between Mendon and Ursahighway 61 east of Loraine is considered impassablehighway 96 is impassable north and south of QuincyMaybe one lane of interstate 172 is open, but you're still encouraged to stay home.-----Macon County - has 3-4 foot drifts in many areas - not many people are driving around - pretty quiet.-----Lewis County - lots of drifts, still windy, but not snowing now.-----Knox County - windy and roads not in good shape - saw the mailman driving around already this morning in Edina. ----At near midnight, Krista LeAnn Stewart Snow said on Facebook that a truck plowing the Hillview Blacktop "Illinois River Road" in Winchester, Illinois got stuck right outside of her mom's house trying to plow the road. Another snow truck eventually came to save this brave man from the blizzard. He was pulled out, and went on his way But this goes to show you how bad the weather is, when a snow plow can't even make it on the roads. STAY HOME IF YOU CAN !-----Clark County sheriff's office says everything is at a standstill. A couple of motorists got stranded, but no other reports of problems at this time.

      John Simon, Adams Co. Emergency Director, tells us that county road crews are back out working on the roads Wednesday morning in Adams County.

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      Click here to see an Illinois Emergency Management Agency release on some Illinois road closures. You can track all road closures in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa on our website here .

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      Keep in mind that just as you are stuck where you are right now, that's the case for all of us here at KHQA right now.

      We're not able to travel to very many places right now, so we're relying on you, our viewers, to pass along what you see in your area!

      You can find us on Facebook or Tweet us and upload your news and photos at uConnect. We'll do our best to pass that information along to everyone as quickly as possible.

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      Marion county has no reports of road closures but most are difficult to drive on including Highway 61.

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      Highway 16 closed in Lee County closed to traffic as of midnight.

      Highway 2 into Donnellson was blocked as of midnight.

      Lee county crews are not expected to start plowing again until daylight.

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      We heard from Steve Kruger who called in from the Curtis Creek area to report that everything as far as he could see was white.

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      Matt Evans called from around the 30th and Harrison area and reports that the subdivision in that area has not been cleared away as of 4:30 Wednesday morning but visibility was good and he didn't see much blowing snow.

      Angie Ebbing reports from Kings Point in Quincy that the subdivision has not been plowed and that snow is up to the tires in the area.

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      Very few cars on Broadway in Quincy as of 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. Looks like the plows in this part of town are traveling in twos.

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      Rural areas in the Tri-States are getting down to zero-visibility.

      We've heard reports that Highway 24 in Adams County is snow packed and impassable.

      There are five foot snow drifts around the Fowler area.

      Highway 72 between Broadway and the Highway 24 is snow packed as well.

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      Pike County Illinois has activated the Pike County Emergency Operations Center has signed the Declaration of Emergency. This allows the agency to coordinate sheltering using resources from all Pike County Agencies along with Red Cross, Illini Community Hospital, Pike County Emergency Corps., the Health Department and Sheriff's Department. The declaration will be in effect for the next seven days.

      Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that all Secretary of State offices, including Driver Service facilities, will be closed on Wednesday, February 2 due to the severe winter storm.

      White cited safety concerns for his employees and the general public for the reason to close the offices for the day. Key personnel in Secretary of State Police, Information/Technology and Physical Services will be working.

      The office will resume normal business operations on Thursday, Feb. 3.

      Adams County Emergency Management is offering citizens multiple ways to communicate with public safety officials.

      1) People needing emergency assistance should still call 9-1-1. Non-emergency calls for assistance should be directed to 217-222-9360.

      2) Adams County Emergency Management is now on facebook. In an effort to provide citizens the latest and most accurate information we have created a facebook page. Look us up by searching for Adams county emergency management. Timely updates will be posted on the page.

      Individuals can also submit comments and photos related to the snow emergency. This technology will enable public safety officials to receive real time updates from the public without interfering with the 9-1-1 system. Comments regarding road conditions, power outages, etc are welcome.

      Facebook should not be used to call for emergency assistance such as police, fire, and ambulance. Citizens should still call 9-1-1 for all emergencies.

      3) Individuals wishing to share reports with public safety officials can also send text messages to 217-740-1123. Messages should include specific information including the location. This could be especially helpful during a power outage. This number should only be used for text messaging.

      Lee County plows will stop plowing at 5:00pm Tuesday. This is standard practice for the county. Plows will start up again at 5:00am.

      Adams County Red Cross:

      No requests to open any shelters yet - on standby, and have identified locations if needed - would get request from Adams County Emergency Management Agency to open if needed.

      Advise people to stay where you are - if your furnace goes out and you're cold, the Red Cross will be ready to help you.

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      Here are some fun historical facts!

      Quincy's Record Snow for a 24-hour period dates back to Dec. 25th, 1915 where we got 12.47 inches!

      National Weather Service doesn't date back that far (only to 1948), but they said on Feb. 25, 1993 Quincy got 10.9 inches.

      Now for Quincy's 48-hour record, it was called "The Big Snow" and felt from here to Chicago. "The Big Snow" hit on Jan. 26 and 27 in 1967 and Quincy got 16 inches! Whew!

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      7 inches of snow reported in Jefferson City and 6.5 in Mexico, Mo. It's headed this way, so be very careful! Another reminder, if you are losing reception and get KHQA via Dish or DirectTV, the problem might be snow in your dish. If your dish is accessible you can fix the problem by keeping it cleaned off. Please exercise caution and if your dish is not accessible please don't take any chances!

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      Quincy Central Services Director Jeff Stienkamp says the day crew is out pushing snow right now. The top priority is the emergency routes. No alleys will be plowed at this time. He askes that you use caution near the plows and says to stay home unless it is an emergency.

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      12:45 p.m. Over 2 inches of snow in Quincy

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      Schuyler County is reporting 3 inches of snow.

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      Scott Co., IL. is reporting 5 inches of snow already. Wind has picked up to 25 mph and drifing is a problems.

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      In the event of a power outage the Hancock County Nursing Home in Carthage, IL and Memorial Hospital in Carthage, IL will be Warming Centers for anyone needing a place to keep warm.

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      ADM Alliance Nutrition will be closing its facility at 1 p.m. today. The second and third shift will not work. The first shift, weather permitting, will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2.

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      Lewis County, MO., 2 inches of snow reported in Monticello. Visibility is zero.

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      Illinois State Trooper Mike Kindhart says roads are snow packed. Visibility is less than a 1/4 mile. Wind has picked up and drifiting has started.

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      MO Highway Patrol says in most areas less than a 1/4 mile. Accumulations so far is a minimum of 2 inches. Blowing and drifting is a problem. Conditions are deteriorating quickly. All major and secondary roads are snow covered. Several slideoffs have been reported. MHP asks that you keep your headlights on while driving. Do not travel unless it is an emergency. Windchills are making things very dangerous.

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      Wind is picking up in Scotland County, Visibility is poor.

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      Schuyler County is seeing some heavy drifting

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      Madonna house food pantry is closed

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      Hannibal Clinic satellite locations in Center, Vandalia, Palmyra, Bowling Green and Monroe City are CLOSED for the remainder of the day, Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

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      The Quincy Family YMCA will be closing at 5pm today, February 1, 2011

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      11:22 a.m. Hannibal visibility 2/10ths of a mile. Roads ar snow covered.

      ---The First Baptist Church in Camp Point will have its building open the next 24-36 hours for people if they need food, drink, shelter, etc.---

      Visibility is down to less than 1/8 of a mile here in Quincy. Please be careful driving.

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      The City of Quincy has declared a Snow Emergency. Residents have 2 hours to move their cars off Emergency Snow routes. 10:03 a.m.

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      Central Baptist Church will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, February 1-2, 2011 for the Winter Weather Emergency.

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      Southeastern Community College is closing its campus at noon today.

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      Accuthemr in Monroe City has cancelled its 2nd shift.

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      Transitions of Western Illinois will close its Maine Street facility and its 48th Street facility at noon today. Crisis Hotline is still operational at 217-222-1166.

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      Marissa Brown with MoDOT says there are white out conditions in Hannibal.

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      Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called up more than 500 Illinois National Guard troops to help stranded motorist. 1844th Transportation Company based in Quincy is part of that call up.

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      At Good Samaritan Home in Quincy they have a backup generator and they are required to have enough food on hand to feed the residents for several days.

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      Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon says, the reason for the opening of the Emergency Operation Center is to get everyone together in one room to attack the snowstorm (Police, fire ems, county and city). As for the snow removal that is from Quincy Central Services not a county issue.

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      Quincy Medical Group will close its main campus at noon today.

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      Reggie Summers is the store manager at the Lowe's store in Quincy. He says that he is completely sold out of shovels, snow blowers and generators. Summers says this is the first time in a couple of years that he has actually sold out of snow related items. Ice melt and things like that are still available in the store. But he says if there is a reason that more generators are needed, he can get some more delivered.

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      The Quincy Family YMCA aerobics, aquatics and sports programs will be canceled at 2:00 p.m. today. Please check the website www.quincyymca.net for any additional cancellations or closings.

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      9:05 a.m. Snow has just started in Scotland Co. The sheriffs department says it is a light snow at this time.

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      Ralls Co., MO. storm spotter says the snow started falling hard at 8:30 a.m.

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      Snow started in Monroe County, MO. at 8:30 a.m.

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      Snow started in Shelby Co., MO. at 8:00 a.m.

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      Snow is falling pretty heavy in Edina, Mo. in Knox County.

      The storm hasn't lost any gusto. As of 8:30 a.m. it still looks on track. Our sister station KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo. reports that visibility is now down to 200 ft. It's headed our way Tri-States!

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      Due to severe road condition the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation have restircted access to the following roadways across the state until further notice:

      * I-80 - from IL Route 47 (Morris) to IL Route 26 (Princeton)* I-88 - from IL Route 40 (Rock Falls) to I-80 (Rock Island County)* I-74 - from milepost 51 (Galesburg) to milepost 87 (Peoria)* I-39 - from I-55 to US Route 20* I-155 - from I-55 to I-74* I-55 - closed at Lake Shore Drive* I-290 - from St. Charles to I-90* I-57 - southbound at I-80

      Only public safety vehicles( like the state police) and snow plows will be allowed on these roads.

      Notices will be posted as to where drivers can detour and find shelter if they need it.

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      Around 4:30 Wednesday morning the Adams County sheriff's department reported that pretty much every road in the county is practically impassible.

      Many have 5-6 drifts on them.

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      Marion county has no reports of road closures but most are diffult to drive on including Highway 61.

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      Highway 16 closed in Lee County closed to traffic as of midnight.

      Highway 2 into Donnellson was blocked as of midnight.

      Lee county crews are not expected to start plowing again until daylight.

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      We heard from Steve Kruger who called in from the Curtis Creek area to report that everything as far as he could see was white.

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      Matt Evans called from around the 30th and Harrison area and reports that the subdivision in that area has not been cleared away as of 4:30 Wednesday morning but visibility was good and he didn't see much blowing snow.

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      Angie Ebbing reports from Kings Point in Quincy that the subdivision has not been plowed and that snow is up to the tires in the area.

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      Julie Baker reporting from Shelbina Missouri that there are 5-6 foot snow drifts, strong winds and but the snow had stopped coming down.

      We've decided to bring you all the tidbits and small updates we have throughout the Winter Storm 2011 right here in one place!

      Check this story frequently for updates and join in the conversation on our Facebook page here .

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