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The Missouri Department of Transportation’s southwest district says they are doing what they can to clear area roadways, but that the extreme cold will limit some capabilities.
Officials say that with negative and single digit temperatures, snow removal chemicals will have limited effect. They predict roads may not be cleared until sometime on Tuesday when temperatures are expected to moderate.
Major roads are expected to remain partly covered and lesser traveled roads will remain snow-covered. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution, and reminded that they can check out the latest road conditions at the state agency’s traveler information map, at modot.org.
As for the temperatures, the low point as of Monday morning was -8 degrees. But Meteorologist Ryan Cardell with the National Weather Service office in Springfield says the record low for Jan. 6 is 12 degrees below zero. He says temperatures this low are not unsual from time to time; but more uncommon have been the wind chill values.
“This morning we got down into the minus 20 degree range, so around minus 25 degrees below zero with wind chills this morning with the northwest winds that have come in with this arctic air mass. So those are the very, very anomalous for this time of year; or for this area,” Cardell said.
Plenty of local schools closed their doors because of Monday’s weather. You can view that list here.