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Second round of snow coming to a close

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(WGEM) – A major winter storm system that barreled through the Tri-States this morning is coming to a close.

Before its exit, the storm dumped several inches of snowfall, centered in northeast Missouri. Reports of anywhere between 6"-10" of snow was reported by trained observers to the WGEM StormTrak Weather Center.

The City of Quincy has lifted the snow emergency. Parking is once again permitted along snow emergency routes.

The storm canceled nearly all schools in the Tri-States and dozens of events, along with closing numerous businesses.

Illinois State Troopers report that several area highways are passable and the Missouri Department of Transportation online road conditions map shows most major roadways are partially snow covered.

Scattered power outages were reported across the area early Tuesday morning. Nearly 900 Ameren customers in Adams County went without service for some period of time, along with nearly 400 in Brown County.

A Winter Storm Warning still remains in effect Tuesday for select counties in the northern part of the viewing area, while many counties have been downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory.

(Click here to all National Weather Service watches and warnings)

However, the new fallen snow now causes more work for road crews already burdened with removing snow from Thursday's snow storm.

MoDOT issued a "No Travel Advisory" for the duration of the storm, along with a Winter Weather Travel Advisory in Illinois. Snow emergencies still remain in effect for Quincy, Macomb and Fort Madison. Vehicles not moved from Quincy snow emergency routes are subject to fines and/or towing.

Quincy Transit Lines are running only on snow emergency routes Tuesday. Go West Transit in Macomb is shut down for Tuesday.

With snowfall from Thursday's storm still piled up around the area, the last thing several residents want to deal with is another round of heavy snow.

"It would be pretty devastating here in Hannibal because people have to get to work and I volunteer and there's no way I could get around," Hannibal resident Vada Gregory said.

(Learn more about the free WGEM StormTrak Mobile weather app, available for Apple and Android devices.)

Gregory's car was still buried Sunday from Thursday's snow, along with many others in the Hannibal area. Kirsten Allen just started to dig out her vehicle Sunday and knows the dangers the snow can cause on Hannibal's hills.

"Well we had several accidents two days ago and nobody made it this far up the hill but this a few houses down there were 3 or 4 cars that got hit," she said.  

If you must travel during any part of the storm, the Illinois State Police advises taking the following steps:

  • Check the latest weather condition information on your radio or television before venturing out.    
  • Plan your travel, leave early and don't wait until the last minute. 
  • Let someone know your travel route and itinerary so that, if you don't arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • If your vehicle should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to crack a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up. Be sure to periodically check the exhaust pipe to make sure it is clear of snow or debris. 
  • Place extra coats, gloves, hats, socks and other cold weather clothing in your vehicle, this can include blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas prior to traveling.
  • Make sure your cell phone has a full charge and have a car charger with you.
  • It is also recommended to have some food and water in your vehicle as well as matches or a lighter, a candle and a flashlight.
  • If for any reason you must abandon your vehicle, please place your name, current address and a telephone or cell phone number on a piece of paper and leave it in the vehicle on the front seat. This will aid officials in locating you at a later time.  
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