Winter Storm Misses Area, Snow Emergency Cancelled
The National Weather Service has cancelled the Winter Storm Warning for northeast Missouri / West Central Illinois. The storm that was expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow skirted around the Hannibal-Quincy area and has moved off to the east. The Hannibal Filter Plant reports about .40 of mixed precipitation fell overnight, resulting in about a half inch of accumulation.
Roads in the area are partly to mostly covered with a thin layer of snow, but continue to improve. The challenge now will be enduring frigid temperatures predicted to plummet into the single digits overnight, combined with gusty north winds.
MoDOT officials recommend drivers continue to exercise extra caution, particularly later tonight when treated roads could refreeze.
Hannibal Mayor James Hark officially suspended the Snow Emergency Declaration at 9 a.m. Saturday. Parking restrictions along Broadway are also now lifted. Mayor Hark says preparing for the predicted snowstorm was not a wasted effort. Crews were able to focus on treating the road surfaces which minimized the freezing of the sleet and snow on city streets.