A “Winter Storm Watch” kept a lot of Audrain County residents in their homes and off the roads last Friday-Sunday after warnings were given by several statewide and local agencies in Missouri.
Many roads were pre-treated and area residents braced for what was being touted as a major ice storm for the entire state of Missouri.
The projected weather forced the following cancellations:
• Community R-VI canceled classes on Friday. They moved their Friday night basketball game against Elsberry up to Thursday evening.
• Van-Far R-I canceled a teacher in-service day on Friday.
• WERDCC canceled visiting hours for Friday and Saturday
• The University of Missouri campus closed on Friday.
• The Concerned Citizens for Lincoln School postponed their Fried Chicken Dinner.
• The Audrain County Courthouse closed at noon on Friday.
• A majority of church services in Audrain County were canceled for Sunday.
• The start time for the A.F.C. Divisional Playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers was moved to later in the evening in lieu of the potential icy conditions.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard on Thursday evening as the storm approached the area.
Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw also noted that ice accumulation was possible in excess of a 1/4 inch across the entire area as icing was expected to start early Friday morning spreading northward.
This was according to the National Weather Service.
About a half-inch of ice was expected to hit the area from Southwest Missouri to East Central Missouri.
More accumulation was set for Saturday evening and on Sunday, depending on surface temperatures.
It was also noted that temperatures would be warming from south to north, gradually ending the threat of icing on Sunday.
The worst case scenario, which didn’t happen in the Vandalia area, would be temperatures remaining below freezing Saturday night and Sunday along and north of Interstate 44 in Missouri and Interstate 70 in Illinois as another round of precipitation would move overhead.
Such occurrence would have given ice accumulation meeting around one inch between I-44 and I-70.
While Mexico did receive some small amounts of ice accumulation, the Vandalia area went through the weekend with barely any ice totals.
Update: 3:45 p.m. Friday, January 13
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Update: 11:55 a.m. Friday, January 13
The Audrain County Courthouse will be closing at noon today in Mexico, Mo. due to the weather about to hit our area.
Update: 4:53 p.m. Thursday, January 12
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Update 3:37 p.m. Thursday, January 12
• Community R-VI Schools will be closed on Friday, January 13 due to impending weather.
Update: 3 p.m. Thursday, January 12
• WERDCC has canceled visiting hours for Friday-Saturday, January 13-14 due to the impending weather.
• It was already scheduled, but there will be no school for Van-Far R-I School District on Friday, January 13 and they are closed on Monday for a federal holiday remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Update: 1:39 p.m. Thursday, January 12
The University of Missouri campus is closing on Friday ahead of the storm.
Updates: 1:03 p.m. Thursday, January 12
• The Concerned Citizens for Lincoln School have canceled their Fried Chicken Dinner, scheduled for Friday.
• The Community R-VI basketball games with Elsberry, originally scheduled for Friday night, have been moved to tonight, starting at 5:30 p.m. with the JV contest.
The National Weather Service has placed Audrain County in a “Winter Storm Watch” in effect for Friday-Sunday.
According to information provided by Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw, the storm will go from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.
• Ice accumulation in excess of ¼ inch possible across the entire area.
• Icing will begin over southeast Missouri early Friday morning and
spread northward Friday
• Highest accumulations will likely be between I-70 and I-44
• The greatest ice accumulation, of up to a half of an inch, is
expected occur from southwest Missouri to east central Missouri
early Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Locally higher
amounts are possible from Nevada to the Lake of the Ozarks.
• Additional ice accumulation is possible Saturday night and Sunday
depending on surface temperatures.
• Current indications are that temperatures will be warming from
south to north, gradually ending the threat of icing Sunday.
• Worst case scenario would be that temperatures remain below
freezing Saturday night and Sunday along and north of Interstate 44
in Missouri and Interstate 70 in Illinois as another round of
precipitation moves overhead.
• IF this occurs, total ice accumulation could reach one inch between
I-44 and I-70 in Missouri through the Lake of the Ozarks, to the
western suburbs of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
The emergency management office, at the recommendation of the National Weather Service, is asking Audrain County schools, local governments, and businesses to consider early out times on Friday, January 13.
This recommendation is based on severe travel conditions expected for Friday.