Snowy Conditions Affect Missouri Drivers

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, December 20 2012 Dec 20, 2012 Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:01:00 AM CST December 20, 2012 in News
By: Colin Evans
loading

BOONVILLE - High winds and snow whipped through Boonville on Thursday, causing drivers to pull off the road. Drivers called the weather conditions a "whiteout."

Weather advisories went into place Wednesday night to warn residents ahead of time, but many did not expect conditions to cause so many problems.

Early Thursday morning, MoDOT officials said road conditions on I-70 and US 63 were clear. Officials also said conditions on Highway 87 in Boonville were clear.

But drivers disagreed. Bob and Joyce from Knoxville were traveling on I-70 on their way to Colorado. They had to pull off the road because of poor visibility.

"Conditions just got so bad all of a sudden," Joyce said. "We pulled off in Columbia and got back on (the highway) because we thought things improved. We weren't able to make it but 20 miles to Boonville because we could barely see."

Residents in Boonville do not expect conditions to get better.

"It has gotten worse since I came in this morning and people have been giving me reports that the roads are deteriorating. And from what I hear if you go west it's a lot worse than going east," Velma Cole, manager of Phillips 66 said.

Cole said on her way to work, she drove much slower than usual. She said her main concern is safety on the slick roads.

"It's been a nice winter so far, so I'm hoping that it doesn't get too bad for people driving," she said.

The weather also affected truck drivers. Truckers pulled into the gas station in Boonville because of poor visibility on I-70 West.

Cole said truckers came into the gas station to decide if they wanted to keep driving in such extreme conditions.

MoDOT officials gave the following tips for drivers:

  • If you can stay inside, do.
  • If you have to go outside, let people know where you're going in case something happens. 
  • Make sure you check the road conditions before you start driving
  • When you're on the road, make sure your headlights are on
  • No texting and driving.

MoDOT officials also said when weather conditions improve, people should also make sure their car is winter ready by checking the breaks and fluid levels.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - It came out late Friday that the First Lady of Missouri’s isolation period will end Monday. ... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 6:11:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in Continuous News
Columbia business sees financial relief thanks to MU football game Fans mean just as much to Columbia businesses... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, September 28 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Monday, September 28, 2020 5:07:00 AM CDT September 28, 2020 in Top Stories
GLASGOW - Part of our nation's pastime, can present a problem when it comes to some of the greatest players... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:30:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
MEXICO - Two mid-Missouri locals rode 200 miles to spread awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and to help Bike MS of... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 9:30:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Fans mean just as much to Columbia businesses as they do to the MU football team. Philip... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:39:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
(AP) - President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, according to a... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 5:02:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Jefferson City Fire Department rescued three individuals stuck on a boat in Osage River Saturday afternoon. ... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 2:53:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
(CNN) - A federal judge plans to rule tonight on whether downloads of TikTok may be banned in the United... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:35:24 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - In the first game of the 2020 football season, the Missouri Tigers went up against powerhouse #2 Alabama... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:34:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in Sports
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:12:00 PM CDT September 27, 2020 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and the Missouri Governor's Mansion to shine red... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:15:00 AM CDT September 27, 2020 in Top Stories
FERGUSON - A huge crowd of protesters packed Canfield Drive in Ferguson Saturday afternoon. It wasn't... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:04:59 AM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
(CNN) - Persistence pays. Kevin Kinard was visiting Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park when he discovered a 9.07 carat... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, September 27 2020 Sep 27, 2020 Sunday, September 27, 2020 9:49:34 AM CDT September 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Mizzou's football fans are reconciling their team spirit with a global pandemic. The Tigers met Alabama at... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 26 2020 Sep 26, 2020 Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:57:00 PM CDT September 26, 2020 in News
HALLSVILLE – With the 2020 election fast approaching, a few Missouri politicians tried to sell themselves, from a cell. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 26 2020 Sep 26, 2020 Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:59:00 PM CDT September 26, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday said he is nominating Amy Coney Barrett , a conservative federal appeals court... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 26 2020 Sep 26, 2020 Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:20:23 PM CDT September 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Today marked the 20th anniversary of Jefferson City’s Oktoberfest and while there were doubts over whether or... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 26 2020 Sep 26, 2020 Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:09:00 PM CDT September 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School's Dr. Peter Stiepleman was named 2021 Superintendent of the Year by Missouri Association of School... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 26 2020 Sep 26, 2020 Saturday, September 26, 2020 2:06:00 PM CDT September 26, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 50°
8am 51°
9am 53°
10am 55°
11am 58°