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Slick roads keep highway patrol busy

The highway patrol responded to 29 crashes around mid-Missouri and several school districts closed as roads became slick with ice Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F sent out the number of calls it responded to from 5 to 10 a.m. on Thursday. The troop was sent to 71 calls and 29 crashes. None of those crashes were fatal.

The Missouri Department of Transportations urged drivers to watch out for icy road conditions and slick spots. Drivers can check the MoDOT traveler map for the current road conditions. The map showed many state roads south of Interstate 70 as partly covered..

Several crashes were reported on Highway 63 due to ice.

Use caution on Rte 63 between Ashland & Jefferson City, as several crashes have been reported due to ice. Trucks are treating the roads as quickly as possible, but take it slow & expect delays when traveling.

(pic. Traffic at & north of the Mo. River Bridge in Jefferson City).

— MoDOT Central Dist (@MoDOT_Central) February 28, 2019

MoDOT reported traffic on Highway 63 Southbound going into Jefferson City was moving slow as a result of icy conditions.

ROUTE 54/63 JEFFERSON CITY UPDATE: Traffic is moving slowly on SB Rte 63 & WB Rte 54 coming into Jefferson City, due to icy conditions. Crews continue treating roads as quickly as possible, but take it slow & expect delays.

Check road conditions at

— MoDOT Central Dist (@MoDOT_Central) February 28, 2019

Multiple school districts in the area either closed Thursday or were on a delayed start. The Lincoln University campus will have a delayed open at 10 a.m. All ABC 17 News closings and delays can be found here.

Columbia Public Works crews also had an eight-person crew treating roads Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Barry Dalton from Columbia Public Works said crews will continue to treat the roads Thursday until the precipitation stops and roads are not slick.

An 8-person City of Columbia plow crew is scheduled to report at 11 p.m. tonight, Feb. 27 to prepare for Thursday morning, Feb. 28 commute.

Spotty slick conditions for the morning commute can not be ruled out. Drive with caution.

— Columbia Pub Works (@pub_works) February 28, 2019

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