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Drivers urged to stay home after multiple crashes in Heartland due to slick conditions

Kentucky  Transportation Crews preparing for the winter weather. (Source: Keith Todd/KYTC) Kentucky Transportation Crews preparing for the winter weather. (Source: Keith Todd/KYTC)
Cars backed up on US 67 due to slick roads. (Source: Viewer submitted/cNews) Cars backed up on US 67 due to slick roads. (Source: Viewer submitted/cNews)
Highway 60 east, just outside Ellsinore, Mo. (Source: Mark Hampton) Highway 60 east, just outside Ellsinore, Mo. (Source: Mark Hampton)
Highway 60 east, just outside Ellsinore, Mo. (Source: Mark Hampton) Highway 60 east, just outside Ellsinore, Mo. (Source: Mark Hampton)
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Multiple crashes have been reported in Wayne County and St. Francois County, Missouri on Friday evening, December 16.

Both north and south lanes of a portion of US67 in Wayne County, Mo. are blocked by multiple accidents at the Greenville bridge.

MoDOT has salted US 67 in the area of Highway A in Madison County, allowing normal traffic flow to resume. Traffic is no longer being rerouted onto Business 67.

Jefferson County officials are requesting that motorists not drive on Hwy 37, I-57 or any roads north of Mount Vernon unless absolutely necessary. Ice covering the road has made travel very dangerous.

The Perry County Sheriff's Department is advising drivers to use extreme caution while traveling, as roadways are becoming slick.

Farmington police and the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department were urging people to stay home and off the roads.

According to the Farmington Police Department on Facebook, at around 5 p.m., Highway H and US 67 are completely impassable. They said streets are iced over and city crews and MoDOT are working on the roads.

The Carter County Sheriff's Office also reports several slide-offs and wrecks on Highway 60 and in Ellsinore, Van Buren and Fremont. They advise people to drive slow.

Here's a look a the road condition map from MoDOT as of 7:30 p.m. on Friday. You can click here for updates on the map. The dark blue indicates roads that are partially covered, the green indicates clear roads and the purple indicates covered roads.

The Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, Kentucky canceled flights on Friday, December 16 due to the weather.

In St. Louis, roads on both sides of the river are in complete gridlock due to extremely slick conditions. 

The Forecast

Temperatures will plunge into the teens on Saturday night and in some places, the wind chill will be near zero.

Highway crews across the Heartland are preparing for the possibility of a wintery mix, as well.

So, what do you need to do to prepare?

Here are some tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Dress in layers: Several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warm. Make sure to wear gloves and a hat to prevent losing body head.
  • Protect your pipes: Run water to prevent your pipes from freezing. You can also open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Control the thermostat: It may cost a little more, but keep your thermostat at the same temperature around the clock. This could help you avoid a costly repair if your pipes freeze and burst.
  • Space heater safety: Set the heater up on a level, hard surface and keep it at least three feet away from anything flammable. NEVER plug it into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Be prepared: Make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include water, snack food, extra hats, socks and mittens, and a cell phone adapter to plug into a lighter.

Road Preps

Cape Girardeau Public Works crews spent Friday, Dec. 16, getting ready for the first winter event of the season.

Crews spent the day loading salt trucks and preparing equipment.

Asst. Director Stan Polivick said the combination of rain and rapidly dropping temperatures changes how crews will approach the winter storm.

"With the event tomorrow night that's forecasted and the rain ahead of it, if we put the brine down it would just wash off tomorrow and then wouldn't be there when need it tomorrow night," Polivick said.

He added that in extreme cold temperatures, below 15 degrees, road salt becomes ineffective at melting ice.

Polivick said crews are on stand-by over the weekend to handle any trouble spots that arise.

In this case, he said last minute Christmas shoppers could help keep roads clear. Polivick said friction from tires on the road can help prevent water from freezing.

He reminded drivers to use caution around public works trucks and to slow down when traveling in hazardous conditions.

Home Preps

Matt Fluegge, manager with Ken's Ace Hardware, said his store has stocked up on ice melt and road salt in preparation for the winter storm.

He said it's better to have a supply on hand and not use it then not have it at all.

"You never want to be at home sleeping and a storm comes in and wake up and realize 'oh man I don't have any ice melt or a shovel something.'" Fluegge said. "So you kind of want to be prepared so you don't have to get out and drive in it, walk in it."

Fluegge said it's best to treat sidewalks and driveways as ice is forming, rather then waiting until it's already there.

Warming Centers

Carbondale, IL

  • With cooling temperatures and winter weather expected this weekend, the City of Carbondale will open its doors to the public. A warming station will be set up in Room 108 of the Civic Center beginning on the morning of December 18 and will be available overnight. The Civic Center is located at 200 S. Illinois Avenue.

Saline County, IL

  • The warming center is located at the Department of Human Services building at 320 East Raymond St. in Harrisburg. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except the holidays.

Massac County, IL

  • The warming center is located at the Department of Human Services building at 2301 Metropolis St. in Metropolis. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except the holidays.

Pulaski County, IL

  • The warming center is located at the Department of Human Services building at 422 South Blanche St. in Mounds. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except the holidays.

Union County, IL

  • The warming center is located at the Department of Human Services building at 1000 N. Main St., Willow Hall, Suite A & B in Anna. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except the holidays.

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