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Waynesville schools on snow routes; Fort Leonard Wood on two-hour delay
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Feb. 9, 2010) — Fort Leonard Wood has announced a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel and most area school districts have cancelled classes, but the Waynesville R-VI School District will remain open with buses running snow routes only.

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

Waynesville school bus snow routes

As of 4:30 a.m., Fort Leonard Wood reported no crashes and most road conditions on post were “amber,” which means driving is “difficult to hazardous” and motorists need to slow at least 10 mph below posted limits to maintain traction and a safe stopping distance.

Medical appointments at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital scheduled prior to 9:30 a.m. will be cancelled and rescheduled. A liberal leave policy is in effect throughout the post for those who cannot report at their scheduled duty time; employees must check with their supervisors for leave approval.

Students in all six outlying districts, the Dixon R-I School District, Plato R-V School District, Laquey R-V School District, Crocker R-II School District, Richland R-IV and Swedeborg R-III School District won’t be attending classes today. All those districts have long bus routes traveling through rural areas with many gravel roads and hills.

Waynesville personnel drove throughout the district prior to 5 a.m. and reported that most main roads were drivable but back roads were problematic.

While most road conditions on Fort Leonard Wood are in “amber” condition, Fort Leonard Wood Route 20 is in “red” condition and most training areas are also in red condition, except for Training Areas 192, 193, 236, 251 and 228 which are in amber condition. All scheduled ranges are open, as is Forney Field, but personnel should contact range control for additional information.

Many roads in the area are ice-covered and slippery, with a coating of ice deposited late Monday night as weather conditions turned from rain to sleet which was then covered by snow as weather turned colder. Only one serious crash happened overnight, a rollover wreck on Highway Z near the Area 151 nightclub, but little information was immediately available about that wreck.

Much of the ice won’t be melting anytime soon; according to the Springfield office of the National Weather Service, temperatures aren’t expected to rise above freezing until Thursday. However, snow has mostly ended with only scattered flurries expected after 11 a.m. today. Weather today is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 23 degrees and wind chills as low as -4 degrees due to a west wind between 11 and 20 mph with gusts as high as 28 mph. Temperatures tonight will be around 15 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and wind chill values as low as 1 degree due to a northwest wind between 15 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

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