Freezing rain causes problems in parts of Missouri

Thursday, December 16, 2010 | 11:16 a.m. CST; updated 8:21 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 16, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Parts of central and eastern Missouri are slipping and sliding as freezing rain causes numerous accidents and keeps kids home from school.

The freezing rain began Wednesday night and continued into Thursday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports numerous accidents. At one point Wednesday night, sections of three St. Louis-area interstate highways — 70, 44 and 55 — were closed because of numerous accidents.

Northbound U.S. 67 was so slick near Bonne Terre that cars and trucks couldn't make it up the hill.

Most St. Louis-area schools were closed Thursday. Major roads were improving thanks to 150 Missouri Department of Transportation trucks in the St. Louis area alone, but officials warned that side roads and parking lots were particularly dangerous.


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