Thundersleet, Airborne Car Part of Missouri Snowstorm

Thunder, Lightning Accompany Heavy Winter Precipitation

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A massive winter storm quickly moved through the Great Plains and into Missouri overnight Wednesday, dumping several inches of snow in the northern half of the state with ice covering much of southern Missouri. Reuters reports between two and three inches per hour fell in the Kansas City, Mo., area Thursday morning.

* Kansas City International (KCI) airport closed for much of the day while more than 320 flights in and out of Lambert International Airport in St. Louis were canceled. The entire state suffered from the effects of this winter storm that is currently tracking to New England.

* Thundersleet fell in portions of the Ozarks during the morning rush hour Thursday, according to radio station KTTS . Camdenton, Mo., received two inches of thundersleet as thunder and lightning accompanied heavy sleet. Power companies were worried about power outages, but only a few occurred.

* KTTS also reported one driver in Springfield, Mo., went airborne at a major intersection southwest of the city. The vehicle came to rest on two parked cars. Despite the badly-damaged scene, only minor injuries were reported.

* KCI was closed from 10 a.m. Thursday onward through the rest of the day, according to the Associated Press . Cleaning crews shut down all but one runway until plows had trouble seeing each other and the airport couldn't operate.

* Shoppers in the St. Louis area faced disappointment Thursday afternoon as several shopping centers and malls closed between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports shoppers are urged to check individual mall websites as to when the retail centers will reopen Friday or Saturday.

* Dean Jones in Kansas City decided to ski home from work Thursday as 12 inches of snow blanketed the metro area. The Kansas City Star reveals ambulances got stuck in the snow. Precipitation finally ended at noon, but not before up to 3 inches of snow fell per hour.

* Officially, the storm ranks among the top five in Kansas City in terms of snowfall totals. The record at the downtown airport is 11.8 inches from Jan. 18, 1962. However, a 25-inch snowfall was measured in downtown from March 24, 1912, which currently stands as the city's largest snowfall for one storm.

* Winter precipitation in southeast Missouri was relatively minor compared to other parts of the state. Six accidents happened along Interstate 55 near Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Southeast Missourian reports the largest problem for the area was up to a half-inch of ice buildup from freezing rain. City streets were cleared for the most part. Power outages and down trees were nuisances as rain started falling 5 p.m. Thursday.

* In Springfield, several institutions were closed throughout the day. Missouri State University and Drury University students had the day off, according to the Springfield News-Leader . All 10 branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library were closed. Springfield-Branson National Airport remained open and had just one canceled flight.

* Snow started falling at noon Thursday in St. Louis. Lambert Airport recorded nearly 6 inches of snow as reports of 2 to 7 inches fell across the area, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Road crews had to work overnight to clear major thoroughfares for a busy Friday morning commute.

* This winter storm blitzed four states in the Midwest. New Englanders had better be prepared for more snow.

William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.

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