Missouri is bracing for an expected winter storm that is predicted to leave up to an inch of ice in some parts of the state Friday and into the weekend. Gov. Eric Greitens, state transportation officials, schools and retailers are among those taking extra precautions.
In his first big challenge as governor, Greitens announced a State of Emergency Thursday afternoon. After much more minor, but unexpected, ice storms struck mid-Missouri and St. Louis a few weeks ago, Greitens said the state would be prepared in the face of much worse storms.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has mobilized in preparation, operating at its highest level of emergency preparedness. All 1,500 MoDOT trucks statewide will be in operation for the duration of the storm. The agency says it’s been working the past two days to treat roadways with chemicals.
The University of Missouri campus is closed Friday, headlining a list of schools at all levels that have opted to close their doors for the day.
Grocery and hardware stores in parts of the state were swarmed on Thursday as people stocked up on food and supplies to get through a potentially rough weekend.
“People are getting more prepared this time compared to last time,” said Joe Clemens, an assistant manager at Ace Hardware in Columbia. “People are preparing more this time for power loss.”