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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Snow prompts city to cancel council meeting

  • As the snow got deeper Tuesday, the list of event cancellations grew longer.
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  • As the snow got deeper Tuesday, the list of event cancellations grew longer.
    Shortly after noon Tuesday the city of Hannibal officially cancelled Tuesday night’s scheduled City Council meeting.
    “There were only a few agenda items to consider anyway, and all can wait until the February 18 council meeting,” wrote City Manager Jeff LaGarce in an e-mail announcing the cancellation.
    City Hall and non-emergency offices in Hannibal were closed at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Board of Public Works announced Monday that it would not open its business office Tuesday because of the forecast of heavy snow. BPW crews were on duty to handle emergencies.
    Main Street in Hannibal was a quiet place late Tuesday morning as a majority of shops were closed.
    “We can park wherever we want and make U-turns when we want,” said a delivery man, who spoke on the condition he not be identified.
    In anticipation of Tuesday’s storm, the Missouri Department of Transportation on Monday issued a “no travel advisory” for the duration of the winter-weather event.
    Tuesday morning, MoDOT announced that Route H, a minor road that connects U.S. 36 near Rensselaer and Missouri 19 in Center, had been closed due to snow packed conditions.
    MoDOT added that all roads in Northeast Missouri were becoming snow covered.
    A handful of non-injury accidents had been reported in Hannibal by early afternoon, including a jack-knifed tractor trailer at U.S. 61 and Warren Barrett Drive which clogged traffic in the northbound lanes of the highway for a time. Most accidents involved single vehicles sliding off the road.
    Rather than traffic accidents, emergency personnel were responding to locations where people had fallen.
    On the heels of the storm, which was expected to dump from 5 to 9 inches on Northeast Missouri, arctic air was to invade the region. Daytime highs were not forecast to reach 20 until Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows were expected to go below zero on Wednesday (-11) and Thursday (-3).
    The next chance of snow arrives on Friday night.
    In recent years, Hannibal’s biggest snows have fallen in February. On Feb. 21, 2013, 9.75 inches of snow was recorded. That storm paled in comparison to the record amount of snow that fell in Feb. 1-2, 2011. A total of 22 inches of snow fell in the 2011 storm, eclipsing the previous mark of 13.1 inches that fell Jan. 1-2, 1999.
     
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