The snowstorm that pushed through the area early this week produced hazardous driving conditions, leading to a host of vehicle accidents and cancellations, and the wintry weather is expected to stick around Wednesday.
Between 4 and 5 inches of snow fell on Sedalia and the surrounding areas on Monday, said Derek Deroche, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
The slick roadways and reduced visibility caused by the prolonged snowfall contributed to several crashes across the area, including a fatal accident in Henry County.
Mary E. Bashor, 62, of Butler, was killed in a head-on collision at 10:30 a.m. Monday, when the vehicle in which she was an occupant crossed into the path of semi truck, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The driver of the vehicle, 61-year-old Ronald Bashor, was hospitalized in Clinton with serious injuries.
In another Monday morning accident in Henry County, the Highway Patrol reported that 62-year-old Cora D. Thompson, of Clinton, was hospitalized after sliding off the ice- and snow-covered state Route 52 and rolling her vehicle several times.
Two crashes that occurred within minutes of one another on Monday afternoon on Missouri Route 13 at state Route H in Johnson County left five people hurt, including two with serious injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.
Troopers also reported that Roger L. Mueller, 57, of Sedalia, suffered serious injuries in a collision on U.S. Highway 50 in Moniteau County, after crossing the center line and crashing nearly head-on with another vehicle.
Icy conditions on Interstate 70 were also blamed for a crash in Saline County early Monday morning, in which 43-year-old Shane M. Hines, of Sweet Springs, suffered minor injuries.
The Sedalia Police Department responded to about 10 mostly minor vehicle accidents over the course of the day on Monday, according to police records. The majority involved motorists sliding off roadways or fender benders in slick parking lots.
Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to one accident on Monday morning on Camp Branch Road, just north of Bagby Road. Susan K. Anson slid on the snow-covered roadway and went into a ditch where her vehicle overturned, according to the sheriff’s office report. No one was injured in the accident.
While the precipitation had mostly stopped by Tuesday, a mix of high winds, blowing snow and bitter temperatures canceled classes, sporting events and other activities throughout the area.
And even colder weather may be in store today, as the National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for all of central and northern Missouri effective from 10 p.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday, leading Sedalia School District 200 to cancel today’s classes.
Deroche said wind speeds from 15 and 20 mph could push wind chill temperatures down to minus-10 to minus-15 degrees overnight. And with highs only forecasted to reach the mid-teens on Wednesday, he said the wind chill temperatures could remain in the single digits.