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Early season blizzard affects holiday travel

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:42 am

Cindy Jeffries makes her way down Main Street after the Nov. 25 blizzard.

On Sunday, November 25 the Missouri Department of Transportation instructed the entire region to stay home and gave warning of the impending blizzard which would impact the entire area causing area schools to be out of session a portion of the following week.

A strong area of low pressure tracked across Kansas, Missouri and central Illinois bringing heavy snowfall and gusty winds to the region.
The blizzard conditions caused zero visibility at times during the afternoon and evening, with strong north winds reported between 30-50 mph during the storm. The heaviest snowfall was recorded near the Iowa border with a total of 12 inches. Monroe City reported receiving 4-6 inches across the community with drifts as high as 2 feet or higher.
The America’s Best Inn hotel saw an increase in customers during the hazardous weather. The whiteout conditions forced travelers to extend their holiday as the blizzard pounded the region on the busiest travel day of the year. One guest from Kansas stated, “We drove as far as we could before deciding we better find shelter for the evening.”

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