COLUMBIA — Despite the first major ice of the season and a snow day for Columbia Public Schools, roads in Columbia remained fairly safe Monday.
Between 9:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., there were approximately 10 accidents reported inside the city, according to Columbia Police Department Capt. Zim Schwartze. Only one driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Winter weather is expected to continue Tuesday. The National Weather Service is calling for possible snow accumulation of less than half an inch by early Wednesday morning with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Snow, followed by sleet, is expected for Tuesday afternoon with a high near 24.
There is also a chance of freezing rain and sleet on Wednesday night. Freezing rain is expected for Thursday morning, followed by rain. Friday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 35. A full forecast can be found at the National Weather Service's Web site.
There were no weather-related road closings Monday. All city-maintained roads were treated and there are no plans for treatment Monday evening unless notified by the weather service, according to Jill Stedem, public information specialist for the City of Columbia.
Columbia Public Schools are uncertain whether school will be canceled later this week. There is possible precipitation Tuesday morning between 5 and 7 a.m., but school closings will not be determined until the morning, said Blake Tekotte, coordinator of transportation for Columbia Public Schools.
Monday was the first of four built-in days for the school year. The district will inform media outlets of school cancellation or snow routes by 6 a.m. People can also sign up to receive text messages of emergency notifications such as school closings at the Columbia Public Schools Web site.