Eight inches of snowfall caused numerous accidents Saturday, but many Columbia residents didn’t let the winter conditions keep them indoors. Shopping, sledding and shoveling were just a few of the activities going on in a snow-blanketed Columbia.
Emily and Tyler Levsen, 12 and 15, were grateful for the fluffy snow. They shovel their neighbors’ driveways during the winter to make money, and wet, heavy snow just makes the job harder.
Many retailers around town said they didn’t feel the weather had any effect on normal holiday shopping. Hurst Fine Diamonds broadcast a live commercial from its store in Columbia Mall encouraging customers to brave the snowy roads to go shopping. “It brought in business — it always does,” said Hurst employee Terri Edwards.
Edwards, 49, drives in from Moberly to work and said that despite the snow-covered roads, it only took her 10 additional minutes to get to work. “It doesn’t bother me any, as long as you don’t get hit,” Edwards said.
Bob Harris “the infamous” mailman, as his patrons call him, lived up to the post office’s creed: “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night shall stay this courier from his appointed rounds.” Harris said he loves to go skiing so the cold weather is just a nice reminder of a favorite hobby.
Police did not have any estimates of how many accidents occurred on Saturday, which included a fatal accident on I-70, but did say they were using delayed accident report forms — a form that is filled out by the parties involved instead of by an officer. These forms allow the officer to get to the next accident faster.
“If we spent 45 minutes on each accident we would never be able to get to the next one,” Station Master Gene Williams said.