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WINTER WEATHER BLOG: Snow and frigid temps make for tricky travel Sunday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Saturday's winter weather combined with below-freezing temperatures are making for hazardous travel conditions Sunday morning.

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Road Conditions

The Missouri Department of Transportation's Traveler Information Map showed most mid-Missouri roads as partly or completely covered as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

Most Mid-Missouri roads were partly covered or completely covered early Sunday morning.

While Interstate 70 was just partly covered or even clear in some spots, areas to the north of the interstate were completely covered. You can stay up-to-date on the latest road conditions here.

ABC 17 News crews driving around mid-Missouri said road conditions deteriorated driving north on Highway 63. You can watch a playback of road conditions shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday in Randolph County in the player below.

Columbia Public Works posted to Twitter shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, saying that crews observed generally passable conditions on all routes.

"The sun is out and we expect improvement over the course of the day, even on untreated surfaces," the post said. "High temperatures are expected to be above freezing on Monday. Please exercise prudent winter weather driving."

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F said it responded to at least 31 crashes on New Year's Day.

According to data provided by Troop F, three people were hurt in three of those crashes. There were also at least 28 drivers stranded in the troop's jurisdiction Saturday.

Flight Cancellations

Arriving American Airlines Flight 2959 from Chicago to the Columbia Regional Airport (COU) is canceled.

American Airlines Flight 2960 to Chicago was delayed until 9:30 a.m.

The 6 a.m American Airlines Flight 3177 departing from COU for Dallas/Ft. Worth was canceled.

The 8:20 a.m. United Airlines Flight 3721 departing from COU to Chicago was canceled.

You can check your COU flight status here.

Closings

Dozens of Mid-Missouri churches are canceling Sunday services. Click here for live updates.

Power Outages

Much of Mid-Missouri's power was restored overnight. However, there was one outage reported in Moniteau County Sunday.

Co-Mo Connect, run by Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, reported 181 customers were without power after 8 a.m. in California, Missouri. The map showed it was restored by 10:45 a.m.

The Co-Mo Electric Cooperative's outage map shows more than 10% of customers without power in California, Missouri, Sunday morning.

Co-Mo Connect Chief Executive Officer Aaron Bradshaw said a crew was on-site addressing any damage and working to restore power. Though he didn't have a cause of the outage yet, he said it likely wasn't due to winter weather.

"While there were freezing temperatures and some precipitation, our infrastructure is engineered to withstand a great deal more weight than would have been created by last night’s weather," Bradshaw said.

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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.

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