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Waynesville schools close early; all other area districts also cancel classes
Waynesville schools close early; all other area districts also cancel classes

MoDOT personnel are clearing area roads, but not quickly enough to prevent six of the county's seven school districts from closing.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2010 UPDATED 9:50 a.m.) — Overnight snow dumped several inches throughout the Ozarks and has closed six school districts so far in Pulaski County.

Buses in the Waynesville R-VI School District will be running snow routes only. The last district to close was Waynesville, where school officials decided shortly before 11 a.m. to let students out two hours early. By 9:50 a.m., school officials in Laquey and Plato had decided to close school at 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., respectively. Plato day care will get out at 4 p.m.

Officials in the Richland R-IV School District and Swedeborg R-III School District cancelled school early on Friday morning; Crocker R-II School District officials initially planned to run snow routes but later decided to close school entirely. The Dixon R-I School District is also closed.

The Waynesville snow route list can be found on the internet at this link:

Waynesville school bus snow routes

As of 5 a.m., Fort Leonard Wood officials reported no crashes on post and no delayed reporting has been announced. Road conditions throughout the post are “amber,” which means road conditions are “difficult to hazardous.” Post officials say drivers must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit to maintain traction and a safe stopping distance.

According to National Weather Service officials, the Fort Leonard Wood area is under a winter weather advisory with total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. More snow is likely tonight, mainly before midnight with an additional inch of snow possible.

High temperatures today are expected to be near 23 degrees with wind chill values as low as 6 degrees and an east wind of 8 to 10 mph. Low temperatures tonight will be around 12 degrees with wind chill values as low as 3 degrees.

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