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(KFVS) - A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Wednesday night through much of Thursday for winter weather.
Several areas have reported cars sliding into the medians from slick roads. The Cape Girardeau Police Department reports at least 20 combinded crashes, slide offs happened on Thursday, November 15.
According to Sgt. Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers worked a total of 42 crashes and helped 28 stranded motorists during the snow event.
Rodney Bollinger with the City of Jackson, Missouri said the snow route proclamation in Jackson has been lifted. All major streets have been substantially cleared by city workers and residents and businesses can again park their vehicles on designated snow routes.
Check travelers maps for your state:
- Missouri - Click here to see the MoDOT map
- Illinois - Click here to see the IDOT map
- Kentucky - Click here to see the KYTC map
Here are the Missouri road conditions as of 8 P.M. on Nov. 15
The Perry County Sheriff’s Department is urging everyone to stay home if possible. In a Nixle alert, the department said the roads are snow covered. We’ll have updated information on Perry County when KFVS crews arrive in the area.
Roads in Cape Girardeau are clearing up. According to Cape Girardeau Public Works Facebook page on Thursday morning, most of the city streets are in passable condition, but there could be slick spots. Workers with the City gave a big ‘thank you’ to public works workers for clearing the streets over night.
According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, they had about 16 reported slide-offs and crashes Wednesday evening, Nov. 14. Sgt. Clark Parrott with the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop E said there had been 29 crashes and 16 stranded drivers as of 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.
The City of Jackson announced its snow routes. You can click here to check them.
The Illinois Department of Transportation advised drivers to check roads before you leave. Officials said several counties are reporting their roads are covered with snow.
Here are the Illinois road conditions as of 8 P.M. on Nov. 15
Sgt. David Kemp of the Carbondale Police Department says that whenever they receive a forecast for snow they expect it to have effect on people regardless the amount. Sgt. Kemp says that one of the best things people can do is plan ahead if they plan on going out.
“Try and plan ahead, if you get ahead or you are running behind, that pushes the limits of the risks you are willing to take to get from point A to point B,” he said. “So if you plan ahead to wear you can take your time getting to where you are going, that will reduce your risk quite a bit.”
Wednesday morning officials in Anna, Illinois said they had several reports of vehicles sliding off the roadway.
In Murphysboro, Ill., police are asking residents to keep snow paths clear. You can click here for a list of snow routes.
In Jefferson County, the Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to stay home Thursday morning unless it is absolutely necessary to leave.
According to the Perry County Highway Department’s Facebook page crews will plow high traffic roads first followed by those with less traffic. The plan is to have most of the County Highways plowed by Thursday at 7 a.m.
Here are the Kentucky road conditions as of 8 P.M. on Nov. 15
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews have working throughout the night and early morning hours to clear roadways. Crews are urging drivers to allow for extra drive time during the morning commute and to use extra caution.
At 8 a.m. Thursday, Paducah police warned drivers that many roads were frozen over and slick. Drivers are urged to use caution on the road way.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, KYTC crews say they have been able to make enough progress on the "A" Snow Priority Routes to make some plow runs on their "B" and "C" routes.
They credit pre-treating highways ahead of the weather event.
The brine helps keep ice and snow from bonding to make it easier to plow.
Marshall County saw several crashes throughout the winter weather.
Officials with the Emergency Management Agency commended their fellow workers for a job well done getting the roadways cleared up.
Kentucky State Police offered the following tips for winter driving.
- Know the conditions before leaving
- Clear all windows and mirrors
- Leave early
- Increase distance between vehicles
- Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses
- Do not use cruise control (or exhaust engine brakes for trucks)
- Approach intersections with great care
- Signal all lane changes and turning movements
- Have a full tank of fuel
- Clear your exhaust tail pipe of any obstructions
- Have a vehicle cell phone charger and a blanket - it’s also a good idea to have a working flashlight, jumper cables and non-perishable food items including water inside your car
- Notify a family member or friend of your travel plans and intended travel routes
- Be patient - bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement officers and other emergency services. Also, keep in mind they will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service
- Attempt to move your vehicle out of the road if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or blinding hill
- If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the road, attempts to recover your vehicle will have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations
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