Patches of ice remain on I-70 despite clearing conditions

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 4:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Interstate 70 may seem clearer Wednesday than it was Tuesday, but drivers should continue to drive with caution, as there is still ice on the roads.

Although roads look clear on the map and on traffic camera footage, there may be some ice on the roads, Sally Oxenhandler, community relations manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said Wednesday.

“Even if they appear on the cameras to be clear, it could be a little misleading. People still need to use caution,” she said.

According to previous Missourian reporting, emergency personnel responded to 65 accidents between midnight and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Boone County.

The department's map showing road conditions around the state shows patches of I-70 are clear, with most parts of I-70 East as mostly or partly clear. Portions of I-70 West, however, are partly clear, with sections of the road still covered closer to Kansas City, as of 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. The map is regularly updated.

Oxenhandler said there are sections of the road still partly covered, but the reappearance of the sun has helped melt the lingering ice.

Although the wind has been blowing snow back onto the road, crews are still working hard, Oxenhandler said.

"It does appear that we're making some progress in clearing them," she said.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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