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Waynesville schools on snow routes; FLW open, with liberal leave policy
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 2, 2009) — Despite heavy snow Saturday that reached eight inches or more in some places, area schools will be open and Fort Leonard Wood personnel will be open for normal operations Monday.

The Waynesville R-VI School District will be using snow routes only.

Elementary snow routes can be found online at:

waynesville.k12.mo.us/district/departments/transportation/snow_routes/elementary

High school and middle school snow routes can be found online at:

waynesville.k12.mo.us/district/departments/transportation/snow_routes/high_school_and_middle_school

According to Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Mike Alley, no reporting delays are expected to be needed. However, a liberal leave policy is in effect for those who need the ability to report later than scheduled. Those with questions may contact their supervisor.

Those with questions about road conditions, delayed reporting or early dismissals can call a recorded Fort Leonard Wood message at (573) 563-4141.

The Fort Leonard Wood Emergency Operations Center reported at midnight, with no updates as of 5:30 a.m., that most post roads were in “amber” condition, which, according to the EOC website, means that roads have “difficult to hazardous road conditions.” Most roads are plowed and salted with some slick spots remaining.

Two crashes on post have been reported so far due to the recent storm.

“Drivers must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit to maintain traction and a safe stopping distance,” according to the EOC report. “Roads are icy or snow packed, but clearing operations are making roads passable.”

The Forney Field airport area is the one region in which roads are at “green” condition, which means there are no road safety threats due to weather conditions.

According to the Springfield office of the National Weather Service, conditions Monday are expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 37 degrees and wind chill values as low as 6 degrees and winds from the east between 3 and 7 mph. Monday night conditions are expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 20 degrees and a southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. Temperatures will rise to the upper 40s by Tuesday.

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