More winter weather is on the way. A Winter Storm Watch will go in effect at 9 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. tomorrow for Adair, Linn, Sullivan and Macon Counties. While it’s still a little too early to know accumulation numbers, significant icing and minor to moderate snowfall is possible. The event looks to begin late this evening, so this could have impacts on New Year’s Eve festivities across the region.Travel will quickly become hazardous as roadways become ice and/or snow covered.
Archives for December 2020
Adair County now has 1,744 COVID-19 cases and 2 more deaths in the latest update. There are currently 98 active cases, 1,635 people who have left isolation and 11 COVID-related deaths. The Adair County Health Department said yesterday the deaths were two women, ages 78 and 80, who died on December 29th. Both were in the skilled nursing facility sector. Since the start of the pandemic, Adair County has reported a total of 11 COVID-19 related deaths.
A wintry mix on Northeast Missouri roadways yesterday kept troopers busy. As of 8 last night, . Troop B had responded to 104 calls for service, checked on 41 stranded motorists, and worked 46 crashes resulting in 8 injuries & 1 fatality.
State troopers will be out in full force watching out for people driving recklessly or driving while intoxicated. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. During last year’s 30-hour New Year’s holiday counting period, one person died and 140 people were injured in 323 traffic crashes. Thus, a person was killed or injured every 12.8 minutes during that time frame. The 2021 New Year’s 78-hour holiday counting period begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday
Adair County’s 9th COVID-related death was confirmed yesterday along with18 new cases. The Health Department says a 90-year-old male whose positive test was confirmed on December 3rd passed away on December 28th. Adair County’s confirmed COVID count is now 1,736 with 110 active cases and 1,617 people who have left isolation.
The Knox County Health Department reported 1 additional COVID-19 related death this week. As of their December 28th update, the county has 2 total deaths and 25 current active cases.
2 crashes this week in Northeast Missouri led to fatalities.
Three people died Monday morning in a crash in Adair County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 36-year-old Nicholaus Ford, of Kirksville, was driving a Chevy Tahoe on Route O, west of Novinger, when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a Dodge Ram being driven by 47-year-old Thomas Trauernicht, of Kirksville. Ford and Trauernicht were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adair County Coroner. Ford’s passenger, 30-year-old Samantha Peek, of Unionville was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center by Adair County Ambulance, where she was pronounced deceased.
1 person died in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Macon County. The accident happened on Highway 63 one mile north of Excello. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that the road was icy and the vehicle, driven by 41-year-old Nicholas Evans, of Columbia, slid off the roadway and overturned. His passenger, 62-year-old John Linder, also of Columbia, died at the scene. Evans was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Winter weather advisories and warnings remain in effect for portions of Northeast Missouri this morning. Drivers will need to use extra caution on roadways during their morning commute. Check road conditions by calling Missouri’s Road Condition Report (1-888-275-6636) or check MoDOT’s Road Condition Map at traveler.modot.org/map/.
Adair County’s eighth known COVID-related death has been confirmed. The Health Department reported yesterday that a 61-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital on November 22nd and placed on a ventilator on December 6th, passed away at Hannibal Regional Hospital on December 26th. With nine new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Sunday and another 21 new cases yesterday, Adair County’s COVID-19 case count has reached 1,718. There are 112 active cases and 1,578 people who have left isolation. The county’s Health Department has made 3,315 contact tracing calls since recording the first case here in March.
Cases confirmed Sunday include one in the K-12 schools sector and six who reside at addresses with
at least one other confirmed case. Cases confirmed yesterday include one case each in
the K-12 schools and skilled nursing facility sectors. Seven cases reside at addresses with at least
one other confirmed case. A 60-year-old male who was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center on December 15th was discharged on December 23rd without requiring use of a ventilator.
The first major winter weather will come in a series of storms potentially culminating on the New Year’s holiday. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to slow down and plan extra time for travel this week, avoiding travel altogether during periods of freezing rain, sleet and ice. Kirksville is under a winter weather advisory from noon today until 6AM tomorrow with mixed precipitation expected. MoDOT crews will be working around the clock to get the roads to mostly clear within a few hours after the weather stops.
Drivers are reminded to stay at least six car lengths back from snowplows and equipment. Plowed snow can create a cloud that can blind drivers following too closely.
To check road conditions, see MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org/map/
The Adair County Health Department confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day and four more cases Sunday, bringing the total case count to 1,688. There are currently 127 active cases and 1,554 people who have left isolation. Cases from Dec. 25 include females ages 29, 50 and 75, and males ages 9, 15, 41, 52, 64, 74 and 75. The 75-year-old male was admitted to Northeast Regional Medical Center and is not requiring use of a ventilator. Cases confirmed yesterday are females ages 20, 40 and 85 and an 18-year-old male. The 85-year-old female was also admitted to Northeast Regional on Christmas Day and is not on a ventilator. Among the 14 cases from Dec. 25 and 26, four reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case and two are in the K-12 schools sector.