Numerous accidents reported during snowy Friday morning

Friday, February 5, 2010 | 9:14 a.m. CST; updated 2:53 p.m. CST, Friday, February 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — The snowfall that began early Friday in the Columbia area coincided with the morning commute, and at least 12 accidents were reported to the 911 Joint Communications Center by 8:55 a.m.

Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said there had been "multiple accidents and slide offs," including a head-on collision at East Ridge Road and Route E north of Columbia. Blomenkamp was en route to the accident and did not yet know about injuries.

A spokeswoman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F said that they were handling numerous accidents this morning and that road conditions were slick and snowy.

Boone County was under a winter weather advisory until midnight Friday for 2 to 5 inches of snow.

Snow was forecast to fall throughout the day on Friday, with a possible break in the morning. It should continue into the evening and accumulate to about 3 to 5 inches, said Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Miller said some of the snowflakes are large because of the aggregation of snow.

The Missouri Department of Transportation reported snow-covered roads for most of the northern half of Missouri including the Columbia area. For the latest information on road conditions statewide, go to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

The city had nine of its 18 trucks out treating the critical, first and secondary priority streets, said Jill Stedem, spokeswoman for the Public Works Department. The trucks were plowing and putting salt down. Critical streets are streets with hills and curves, first priority streets are major-travel roads and secondary priority streets are those with schools or hospitals. A full list of these streets can be found on the city’s Web site.

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