Icy Roads Slow Down Mid-Missouri

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Saturday, January 13 2007 Jan 13, 2007 Saturday, January 13, 2007 9:07:55 PM CST January 13, 2007 in News

"One of the co-workers called up there and came and got me. I kind of was hoping that we wouldn't have to go in because it was so icy," said Dawn Simons a Sonic employee. "But they've been on the roads de-salting and de-icing, so I still went in."

Restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations had to keep their doors open Saturday, and still saw a lot of action despite the conditions.

The winter weather is not over yet, but citizens of Columbia are enjoying the down time during the day to get out and run necessary errands. Signs are up to remind motorists that they still need to be careful when driving on the slick roads.

But, slick roads couldn't stop some from venturing out to find a cure for a craving.

"I just got done working out and me and all my friends were really in the mood to get some donuts, so we're going to get some donuts," laughed Michael Barrows, an MU student.

While many would rather just stay home and wait it out for their favorite meal.

"Actually, I got Pizza Hut last night, and that was only about a two hour wait," explained Mary Kate Quarnstrom, another MU student.

If you decide to venture out on the roads, use caution.

"Some people drive too fast. They think because they are in four by fours they can kick the ice. I just would rather walk," Simons explained.

Barrows may be one of those people, "I have a Subaru, it can handle it."

Some tips to remember include to watch out for black ice that is not visible on the surface of the road, and remember that it will take about twice as long to stop, so maintaining three car widths between you and the car ahead of you is recommended.

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