COLUMBIA– The Boone County Fire Department and Columbia Police Department responded to about 80 accidents Monday.
By the time sun rose Tuesday morning, Columbia was covered with a record-breaking snowfall, with the National Weather Service reporting six inches of snow falling in the city. Citizens faced harsh road conditions as the city attempted to clear the main routes throughout Columbia.
"We had snowplows working all through the night," said Jill Stedem, public information specialist for the Columbia Public Works Administration.
The city plows snow based on a priority system of first, second and critical streets. MoDOT also plows certain areas of the city. Some of the first-priority snow routes include parts of Broadway, Providence Road and Nifong Boulevard. Plows made their way into residential areas around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Stedem.
Plows will continue to work throughout the day to clear roads.
In addition to snow plowing the street, salt and cinders can be used to melt the snow and ice — especially in freezing cold temperatures. Currently, the city tries to use salt only as much as possible while MoDOT regularly uses cinders and salt as a response to the weather.
Motorists can check road conditions in Missouri by going to modot.org and accessing the traveler information map, which is continually updated, or by calling the toll-free number at 888-275-6638.
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