Blizzard warning for county

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Barry County was under a rare blizzard warning on Monday night and Tuesday as snow and sleet blanketed the area.

Preparing for the worst, area citizens flocked to local grocery stores to stock up on food, water and other emergency items such as flashlights, batteries, snow melt and propane heaters. On Monday evening, Walmart in Cassville was out of potatoes and extremely low on milk, bread and other staples.

Missouri Department of Transportation trucks and City of Cassville crews were out in full force treating major roadways in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

According to Cassville Mayor Tracy Holle, the city's first priority is to keep major arterials, like First, 11th and 13th Streets, plowed as weather allows.

"We also like to keep the streets serving emergency services, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes clear," said Holle.

Local schools and colleges were closed on Tuesday, and it is expected many will remain that way into the week as temperatures are expected to drop dangerously low, which will make the snow and ice difficult to remove.

On Tuesday, forecasters with the National Weather Service were predicting up to 18 inches of snow in some areas of southwest Missouri through Wednesday along with an additional one-quarter to three-quarter inches of ice. Wind chill values could get as low as -16 degrees with strong winds and gusts as high as 29 miles per hour.

MoDOT issued a hazardous travel warning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, advising motorists that being out on the roads is strongly discouraged.

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