Police are working with private towing companies to remove stalled and abandoned vehicles to make way for snow plows. The Columbia Police Department said they've received more than 180 calls in Boone County since Thursday morning. Calling the police station is not recommended as a way to locate your towed vehicle.
Columbia Snow plows have been out overnight working to clear the roads for drivers. Columbia Public Works spokesperson Steve Sapp said as of Friday morning, all first and second priority routes have one lane that is plowed and passable.
“Passable does not mean that it’s clear down to pavement," Sapp said. "Passable means that it has been plowed, and at least one lane has had the top layer of snow taken off of it.”
Red Cross volunteers are on hand to help with the winter storm in mid-Missouri. The Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross is prepared to build shelters for people who may lose power. Phillip Iman, a spokesperson for the Red Cross chapter, says this is unlikely to happen.
Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri Thursday in response to the severe winter storm hammering the state.
The storm system has been dumping a mix of snow and sleet since early Thursday morning. Weather forecasts predict parts of the state could see up to 10 inches of snow. Many roads and highways already are covered with snow.