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Most FLW hospital operations, all schools, and county courthouse closed Wednesday
Most FLW hospital operations, all schools, and county courthouse closed Wednesday

St. Robert snowplow crews work Tuesday night to clear St. Robert Boulevard.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2009) — All schools and many government agencies in Pulaski County announced Tuesday that they would be closed Wednesday, but Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Mike Alley said he’s especially concerned about area military retirees who are traveling to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for medical appointments.

Alley said Tuesday afternoon that post officials are trying to get the message out to retirees that while the hospital’s emergency room remains open, instead of traveling to the hospital for scheduled appointments, people with non-urgent medical needs should remain off the roads.

“The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital scheduled appointments are cancelled,” Alley said. “Routine sick call is cancelled; the emergency room is open for emergencies. The hospital will reschedule appointments in the next few days.”

Hospital medical care isn’t the only post function that’s operating on reduced schedules. As with Tuesday, only key and essential personnel should report for duty at Fort Leonard Wood on Wednesday, Alley said; those with questions about reporting for duty should contact their supervisor.

The Woodworks community briefing scheduled for Wednesday morning will be rescheduled to a later date, Alley said.

Every school district in Pulaski County had already decided by Tuesday night to cancel Wednesday classes, though details should be confirmed with each school district since some functions may be continuing. The Pulaski County Courthouse’s business operations are closed Wednesday, though the sheriff’s department remains open and the courthouse will be available for emergency shelter in case of a power outage.

Officials at Crocker City Hall decided to close operations on Tuesday, and while no other cities had announced plans to close early Tuesday morning, most city government offices ended up closing before their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday as weather conditions deteriorated. Information wasn’t immediately available about any Wednesday municipal closings.

According to the Springfield office of the National Weather Service, the area has received 3 to 5 inches of snow accumulation since the winter storm began Monday but no additional precipitation is expected Wednesday. However, the snow will remain on the ground for some time — Wednesday’s high temperatures are expected to be in the 20s with highs in the lower 30s in partly sunny conditions by Thursday. Temperatures may reach above freezing by Friday when highs are expected to be in the mid-30s, reaching into the upper 40s by Saturday and early next week, though nighttime low temperatures will continue to dip into the low and mid-20s through next week Tuesday.

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