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Missouri's Emergency Operations Center Activated

Snow at MSU
Snow blankets the Missouri State campus in Springfield, where Thursday evening classes were cancelled due to weather conditions/Credit: Scott Harvey

Gov. Jay Nixon has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in response to a winter storm system that’s brought rain, sleet and snow to much of Missouri.

“This storm system could create hazardous conditions and potentially lead to power outages,” Nixon said in a statement. “The latest forecasts call for ice to accumulate in some areas before turning to sleet and snow, particularly in southeast Missouri. As we know from past winter storms, the best way to ensure safety is to plan ahead and avoid travel if possible. This also allows road crews to clear roads faster and speeds the response of emergency crews.”

The activation allows for 24-hour a day operations. Additionally, Nixon says the Missouri State Highway Patrol has extended shifts in areas expected to be affected, and all available four-wheel drive vehicles have been prepared to respond, among other preparations. The Missouri Department of Transportation continues to treat roads for snow and ice and has shifted staff to areas expected to be most impacted.

The Governor cautions Missourians who see downed power lines to report them immediately to their electric utility; to stay away from the downed lines; and to warn others to do so as well.

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service is now available for most areas of Missouri. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626.

See the latest weather-related school cancellations for the region here.