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Two Inches of New Snow - Slick Morning Commute

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Ozarks roads and highways were cluttered with slide-offs and minor crashes this morning as commuters ventured out in heavier-than-expected snowfall over already slick surfaces.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Ozarks roads and highways were cluttered with slide-offs and minor crashes this morning as commuters ventured out in heavier-than-expected snowfall over already slick surfaces.

Springfield Police are on emergency status as large numbers of calls come in for accidents involving roads affected by the weather. Among those wrecks, at least four are reported as injury accidents; others are non-injury, but have complicated or halted traffic flow, according to online traffic reports.

One Springfield R-12 school bus found the going slippery in the Old Southern Hills neighborhood.  It slid off near the corner of Muir and Roslyn, said Robert Moritz, whose child usually rides the bus.  This morning, Moritz says, he took her to school himself.  No injuries were apparent on the bus.

School spokeswoman Pam Bodine said that bus tires did slide off onto the grass shoulder, but not off the road. It was returned to the road and continued on to school without further incident.
“Buses were running 20 to 30 minutes late because of going slower on the streets, but we had no other issues this morning,” she said.

Interstate 44 in Greene County and points east also is being hit by numerous accidents and slide-offs, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Three of the injury accidents in the Springfield city limits were on I-44.

Snowfall in the Springfield area has largely ended, but road conditions will continue to be dicey as city crews and the Missouri Department of Transportation attempts to clear away the morning accumulation.

The National Weather Services says Springfield received 2.0 inches of new snow from 3am to 7:40am.

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