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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Storm drops almost 10 inches of snow on Hannibal; more to come

  • In its biggest snow in two years, Hannibal received 9.75 inches on Thursday, according to the Hannibal Filter Plant.
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  • In its biggest snow in two years, Hannibal received 9.75 inches on Thursday, according to the Hannibal Filter Plant.
    The winter storm started dropping precipitation in Hannibal around 11 a.m. By 5 p.m. 8.5 inches of snow had fallen. Between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. another 1.25 inches had come down.
    While a significant amount of snow, the latest storm paled in comparison to the record 22 inches that fell in early February 2011.
    Elsewhere, Columbia picked up 10.2 inches of snow; Bowling Green, 10 inches; Clarence Cannon Dam, 9 inches; Shelbina, 9 inches; Vandalia, 9 inches; Palmyra, 8.5 inches; Louisiana, 8 inches; Clarksville, 7 inches; and Monroe City, 7 inches. At Lock and Dam 21 in Quincy, Ill., 6.5 inches of snow was reported to the National Weather Service (NWS).
    It would be premature to put away the snow shovels just yet. The NWS is forecasting another round of winter weather at the start of the next work week. On Monday, rain-snow is likely during the day. It changes over to all snow on Monday night. A chance of snow lingers into Tuesday. At this point no snow total estimates from next week’s storm are available.
    As for the latest storm, street crews in Hannibal began work shortly after noon Thursday. Their work continued through the night.
    Jim Hoskins, assistant street supervisor, reported that visibility was an issue early in the storm.
    “It was blowing so bad you could hardly see to drive,” he said.
    Road conditions were so bad on Friday that Hannibal police requested that residents remain at home and not venture out unless it was an emergency. Because of road conditions police announced they would only be responding to emergency calls and traffic accidents involving injuries or entrapment.
    Work on city streets was ongoing Friday.
    “We’re still after it,” said Hoskins shortly after 1 p.m. “We’re still doing clean up and widening.”
    The highways in Hannibal were also treacherous during the peak of the storm on Thursday. Southbound U.S. 61 in Hannibal was clogged for a time by a jackknifed tractor-trailer near O’Reilly’s. Southbound U.S. 61 at Clear Creek, just north of Hannibal, was also closed to traffic because of an accident for a time Friday.
    The Missouri Department of Transportation tweeted Friday morning that Paula Gough, district engineer for the Northeast District, was out checking road conditions.
    The latest snowstorm meant an extended weekend for students of the Hannibal public school district and Hannibal-LaGrange University. After dismissing classes early on Thursday, classes were also cancelled on Friday.
    Also enjoying a three-day weekend were workers at Hannibal City Hall, which was closed Friday after locking its doors early Thursday.
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