UPDATE: Icy roads persist through Saturday afternoon

Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 5:40 p.m. CST; updated 7:57 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 1, 2014

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect road conditions as of Saturday evening. 

COLUMBIA — Most of Columbia's residential neighborhoods were still covered in a slick sheet of ice on Saturday evening, and the possibility that streets could refreeze overnight threatened to stymie the efforts of city crews.

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Numerous accidents were reported overnight and into Saturday morning because of the sheer ice on the roadways, said Teresa White of the Columbia Public Works Department.

Although city crews were working to make first- and second-priority routes passable since 5:30 p.m. Friday, roads were still slick Saturday.

By 5 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Public Works Department crews had made all of the priority routes passable, but only 10 percent of residential streets had been treated and plowed by Saturday evening, according to a Public Works Department Facebook post

Moreover, efforts to clear the residential streets could be halted if refreezing forces the city to move crews back to clearing priority streets again, according to the department.

The Public Works Department continues to advise people to stay off the roadways and to use extreme caution if they must travel. Motorists involved in non-injury accidents can call a non-emergency line at 442-6131.

For the most up-to-date information about the city's efforts to improve road conditions, visit

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