Hannibal’s streets and highways, along with area county roads, were reported drivable on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23, as road crews prepared for the predicted 8 inches of snow on Monday, Feb. 25.
“Crews have been working in the Hannibal area all day to clear out more of the intersections and sides of the roads, and a lot will be out tomorrow preparing for the next snow, due to come in Monday night,” said Marisa Brown-Ellison, customer relations manager of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Northeast District.
“Right now the roads are all in good condition” in the 17 counties in the MoDOT’s Northeast District, Brown-Ellison reported at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We had some (crews) out on some blowing issues, but we have that under control and now we are working on clearing snow.”
The Hannibal area is expected to have about 8 inches of snow on Monday, she said. “What we need to focus on now is thinking about the next storm. Hopefully everybody learned a lesson, and if you don’t have to travel, don’t.”
In Hannibal, where 9.75 inches of snow fell Thursday, Feb. 21, the streets were cleared on Friday, Street Superintendent Leon Wallace reported on Saturday. He cautioned motorists to remember that “there’s going to be spots where it is melting and later on tonight it will freeze.”
Wallace repeated MoDOT’s warning about the next big snowstorm. Noting that if Hannibal gets another major snowstorm, “we recommend people stay at home if they can.”
Black ice is a continuing danger as the snow melts and refreezes, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn.
At 5 p.m. Saturday Shinn reported that in Marion County “everything has been opened up.” However, motorists “still need to be careful about black ice. When it starts melting they need to look out for freezing overnight.”
In Ralls County, Danny Clark, county road supervisor, reported the county roads had been cleared enough to be drivable at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.
“Every road that has a house on it, we have opened at this time. ... Pretty much all our heavy-traveled roads are cleared off wide enough for two vehicles to pass.
“We had guys working up to 18 hours yesterday (Friday) and most worked a 12-hour shift today,” Clark said.
Ralls County still had a few road crews out, “trying to widen a few roads,” he said
No major accident were reported in Ralls County during the storm, he said. However, “a few of our blacktops around our county roads have had quite a few accidents, and we have had quite a few cars stuck on county roads.”
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