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Freezing rain, sleet cause traffic issues, power outages in mid-Missouri

The first day of 2021 brought a wintry mix to mid-Missouri that caused some traffic hazards and power outages.

A mix of freezing rain and sleet poured down early Friday, which caused several crashes along mid-Missouri roads. The estimated ice buildup could amount to between a quarter- to a half-inch by the end of Friday.

The local Highway Patrol troop says so far they have responded to 26 different crashes and 13 stranded drivers.

The ice buildup also has caused some power lines to sink, which has led to several power outages in Columbia.

Forecasters say with the sleet and freezing rain mostly moved out of the region, another wintry mix including snow is heading toward the area around late morning to early afternoon. Mid-Missouri is expected to receive between a half-inch to an inch of snow.

(This story was last updated at 10:12 a.m. Friday.)

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