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Area escapes some of storm's wrath; 1 killed on icy roadways in Troop E

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

COREY NOLES photo - Dexter City Street Dept. employees scrambled on Tuesday, working to lay cinders throughout town in an effort to stay ahead of the pending freezing rain.
Stoddard County escaped the worst of the winter weather event that moved across the Midwest Tuesday. Although a mix of sleet, snow and rain fell throughout the day in Dexter, temperatures allowed much of the ice to turn to slush in the late afternoon hours, allowing the Street Department to continue clearing efforts. Overnight temperatures in the low teens served to refreeze what was on the roadways, making driving hazardous again Wednesday morning.

Along with county schools, the Stoddard County ARC, the Dexter Senior Center, Three Rivers Dexter Center campus, Stoddard County Transit Service, Crowley Ridge State School and the Stoddard County Sheltered Workshop, and the Stoddard County Driver's License closed for Wednesday business.

For the third day this week, county schools are closed and countless events have been canceled.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) urged residents in the region Tuesday to remain indoors unless absolutely necessary as roadways became hazardous to travel.

Slick roadways are believed to have contributed to a traffic fatality in Troop E. At 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Highway Patrol responded to a crash on Bus. Hwy. 67, 150 feet south of Butler County Road 468. The crash occurred as a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Joshua A. Anderson, 26, of Poplar Bluff, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by 26-year-old Ricky R. Weaver. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Butler County Morgue. Weaver, 22-year-old Brittany T. Moore of Poplar Bluff and 21-year-old Megan N. Hicky of Neelyville all sustained serious injuries. Each was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. None of the four individuals involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said.

Across the Midwest, winter continued to have an impact on weather-weary residents. Snow, sleet and freezing rain canceled classes, closed government and business offices, and caused power outages across the region. Anywhere from a few inches to a foot or more of snow is expected to fall Wednesday on East Coast states, while some are getting freezing rain and sleet that makes driving treacherous. It's their second go-round since Monday.

Missouri's neighboring states have all been impacted by the latest storm. A day after snow, sleet and freezing rain pushed through Arkansas, leaving thousands without power, more wintry precipitation is forecast there.

Lows Wednesday may be in the 20s in northern Arkansas and the 30s in the central and south regions. But there are chances of snow across north and central Arkansas starting Wednesday and running into Friday.

Entergy Arkansas says about 38,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas had about 10,400 customers without electricity Wednesday morning.

In Illinois, heavy, blowing snow is slowing travel across much of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the "majority" of the state's roads are covered with snow and ice.

The National Weather Service in Romeoville says up to 6 inches of snow is expected in the Chicago area, along with winds that could reach 25 mph.

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered state offices in the Topeka area closed for a second consecutive day because of a winter storm. The Legislature there also canceled all of its meetings for Wednesday.

Authorities blame slick conditions for a two-car crash in southeast Kansas that killed two people.

The northern half of the state is expected to have wind chill temperatures of 15 to 25 below zero throughout Wednesday, with actual daytime temperature of 5 to 10 degrees.

In Kentucky, freezing rain and ice that moved through Kentucky overnight have left thousands of people without power.

According to the Public Service Commission, most of the outages were reported in Jefferson County, which had about 10,000 people without power early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service reported the winter storm that hit Tuesday evening left about a quarter-inch of ice over much of the central and northern regions of the state.

The weather led several schools systems to cancel classes Wednesday.

tapering off in the afternoon.

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