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.
Since midnight, Troop F has responded to 26 crashes and 13 stranded motorists. Unless it’s an absolute necessity, please stay at home. pic.twitter.com/V65CACHgRg
— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) January 1, 2021
The ice buildup also has caused some power lines to sink, which has led to several power outages in Columbia.
We currently have multiple power outages in Columbia due to the icy weather conditions. Crews have been assigned and are working to restore power as soon as possible. To report a power outage please call 573.875.2555. The outage map is available at https://t.co/5fyQ0RLEkl
— Columbia Water&Light (@CoMoWaterLight) January 1, 2021
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.)