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Icy roads hinder Columbia's Tuesday morning commute

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | 5:04 p.m. CST; updated 8:00 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cold temperatures and precipitation created dangerous conditions early Tuesday for Boone County residents.

The Columbia Police Department responded to 25 accidents from 6 to 9 a.m Tuesday. Joint Communications received a total of 31 calls reporting accidents caused by icy roads.

One incident resulted in a rollover of a vehicle but did not cause any serious injuries.

The National Weather Service station at Columbia Regional Airport recorded 0.01 inches of precipitation since midnight Tuesday and a low temperature of 34 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ice tends to form faster on overpasses and elevated highway on-ramps because raised structures lose heat from chilled air flowing both above and below them.

Tuesday night, Columbia was expected to see lows in the mid- to upper 20s with little cloud cover, according to the National Weather Service. For the remainder of the week, temperatures will warm to highs in the mid- to upper 50s with sunshine and lows in the mid- to upper 30s.

The Columbia Police Department is asking motorists to leave early, drive slow and be patient to reach their destinations safely. Police also are asking motorists to consider taking alternate routes to avoid hills and curves when driving in inclement weather.


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