Crew members with the Hannibal Street Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) worked on area roads and highways starting in the early morning hours Thursday as snow showers swept in from the north.

Crew members with the Hannibal Street Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) worked on area roads and highways starting in the early morning hours Thursday as snow showers swept in from the north.

Marisa Ellison, MoDOT communications manager, said state crews began their efforts in the northern part of the Northeast District as snow showers made their way into the area from around Kirksville. As of early Thursday afternoon, major routes were clear and MoDOT crews focused on minor routes. All Hannibal Street Department crews have been out since early morning clearing streets and responding to about 12 calls from local residents.

Edie Price, management assistant with the Hannibal Department of Public Works, said treatment product that remained on Hannibal streets from last week's storm coupled with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark to aid efforts throughout the day.

“To my knowledge, everything has been taken care of,” she said. “So far, we're sitting pretty good.”

Price reminded motorists to drive carefully — as the sun sets, temperatures could drop and cause wet areas to refreeze. Residents can call City Hall at 573-221-0111 for street department crew members to come out to take care of treatment and plowing.

Ellison said MoDOT crews have been out plowing and treating major routes throughout the day. As the snow slowed down before noon, crew members shifted their focus to the minor routes in the area.

Ellison said that there are a few things motorists should keep in mind amid wintry conditions. So far, MoDOT crew members reported that drivers have “been very courteous.”

She reminded motorists to allow about 100 feet of space between them and a snow plow to allow crews room to work.

“Even though we have got most of the major roads clear, we're still working on those smaller roads,” she said. “And the biggest thing that we see, that our Highway Patrol sees and that law enforcement in general sees — is that drivers are driving too fast for conditions.”

Motorists should remember to take it slow when encountering snow or slush on the roadway or shoulder, buckle up and avoid using their phone to minimize distractions, Ellison said. She said that the snowfall was short-lived, and temperatures later in the day would play a critical role for road conditions.

“We're also hoping that the temperature warms up a little bit and melts the rest of it off,” she said.

To contact MoDOT's Northeast District office, call 573-248-2490. The MoDOT Traveler Map is available atwww.modot.org.

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