Thursday driving conditions are treacherous, stay home officials say

SNOW IMAGE SE KANSAS
Cherokee County Sheriff's office Feb 3, 2022

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JOPLIN AREA – This storm that began dropping snow last evening has reared it’s ugly head and officials are saying to stay home today.

Just before 8 a.m. a Carthage Special Road District truck slipped off the road and overturned east of the city on E Airport Drive.  Missouri State Highway Patrol says driver moved over a little too far to allow another vehicle room.  Driver was transported to Freeman West with non-life threatening injuries. M&M Wrecker removed the truck.

CARTHAGE SPECIAL ROAD DISTRICT TRUCK UPRIGHT, M&M WRECKER FINISHING THE JOB ON EAST AIRPORT.

CARTHAGE SPECIAL ROAD DISTRICT TRUCK UPRIGHT, M&M WRECKER FINISHING THE JOB ON EAST AIRPORT.

“Since 6am today we have performed 27 vehicle assists of stranded motorists. We are primarily seeing vehicles get stuck entering and exiting parking lots, driveways, side streets and other areas where the snow is deeper and or piled up. If you can stay home it’s recommended.” – Joplin Police Dept

JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Most roads, even major highways, you cannot see the yellow center line making it hard to navigate where you are on the  road.

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“Roads are difficult to pass this morning. Due to the amount of snow and drifts created overnight, vehicles with low ground clearance will have additional difficulty. Although state, county and city road crews have been out and continue to be, it will take time for them to get the roadways clear and make them safe for passage. Deputies have already responded to numerous slide-offs throughout the night and this morning. If you don’t have to be out, please consider staying home. As the snow tapers off, we expect winds from 20-35 mph most of the day.” – Cherokee County Sheriff’s office
JOPLIN POLICE IMAGE 2/2/2022

Joplin Police image from Wednesday, applies today but it’s completely snow covered now.

Good advice from the Arma Police Dept:
⚠️The roads are covered in ice underneath the snow. It’s very dangerous driving conditions out. If you do not have to be out to travel don’t. If you do leave, give yourself plenty of time to stop and react to situations. Slow down a little bit.”