Greitens, state leaders update public on winter storm

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JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens was joined by representatives from various state agencies Friday evening to update Missouri residents about the winter storm.

Greitens advised people to stay off the roads except for emergencies and to continue to check on neighbors.

"Thank you for responding to our warnings and staying off of the roads," Greitens said. "Thank you for being prepared ready to meet this storm."

Greitens credited crews for spending long hours patrolling roads and clearing highways. 

"Our preparation for this storm is strong, but it is important to remember that this is not the end," he said. 

Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna said crews will continue to work around the clock in 12-hour shifts. He said the St. Louis region has especially experienced roadway icing. 

Col. Bret Johnson from the Missouri State Highway Patrol said troopers had worked around 100 crashes, 13 of which involved injuries and 80 with no injuries. One crash fatality is weather-related and another fatality is not. 

Drew Juden, Director of the Department of Public Safety, said multiple generators have been deployed throughout the state. He said spotty power outages received quick responses from utility companies. 

Steve Reynolds, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, advised people to continue to heed warnings from forecasters.