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Weather service: Two inches of snow recorded near Benton

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 ~ Updated 8:40 PM

About two inches of snow fell across the region Wednesday, according to early reports submitted to the Paducah, Ky., office of the National Weather Service.

The only report from near Cape Girardeau that was available just before 4:30 p.m. was from two miles east of Benton, where two inches of snow had fallen throughout the day Wednesday. The weather service reported 2.5 inches had fallen in Paducah by 4 p.m. Estimates put Cape Girardeau in an area that received between 1 and 2 inches of snow.

The snow caused many fender-benders throughout the area, and some crashes that shut down parts of Interstate 55 temporarily. From 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cape Girardeau police responded to about 15 accidents, including four on the interstate. None were serious, department spokesman Darin Hickey said in an email Wednesday afternoon.

No serious accidents were reported in Jackson at that time.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a weather-related crash around noon on Highway 77 two miles south of Chaffee. One car lost control and slid into the path of another car. Both drivers received moderate injuries.

Some schools canceled classes before the storm hit Southeast Missouri, while others dismissed classes as snow began to cover roads before mid-morning.

Scott City schools canceled classes before serious snowfall began Wednesday morning. The school informed parents using the Southeast Missourian text alert system. Other schools used the system to alert parents to early dismissals. St. Vincent in Perryville announced a 9:15 a.m. dismissal, Eagle Ridge Christian School and Cape Christian School announced a noon closure and Saxony Lutheran, Nell Holcomb and Oran public schools announced an 11:30 dismissal.

Other schools also announced early closings on the KZIM-KSIM website. Just before 10:30 a.m. that list included Advance public schools, Imannnuel Lutheran in Perryville, Kelly, Kelso, Leopold, Meadow Heights, Metro Business College, Notre Dame Regional High School, Oak Ridge schools and early learning center, Perry County schools, Southeast College of Nursing, St. Ambrose in Chaffee, St. Denis in Benton and Zalma.

Click here to check the list of closings.

Southeast Missouri State University reported its night classes were canceled. The university also canceled its afternoon Southeast Missouri Music Academy classes.

The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau also reported a Wednesday closing to the Southeast Missourian.

Much of the area was under a winter weather advisory through midnight.

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St Vincent De Paul in Cape? Why would they close and not Notre Dame and St Mary's. Should that say St Vincent Perryville instead?

-- Posted by manning on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:19 AM

St. Vincent de Paul in Perryville closed not in Cape Girardeau.

-- Posted by medusa on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:22 AM
Response by Matt Sanders:
We've now fixed the error. Sorry about that.

A "Homer-Simpson-Moment", in-deed!


-- Posted by donknome-2 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:27 AM

Brian all wrong missed this one it is flat coming down out here in the country roads completely covered. Remember "just a light dusting majority of the snow will stay to the south of us".

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:07 AM

I believe channel 12 forcasted 1 to 3. Quit whining.

-- Posted by buyer beware on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:14 AM

The roads are just a bit snow covered, NOT SLICK. I have been driving back and forth to Cape and Jackson this morning... Nothing to worry about. Although, just a little tip, it would be a GREAT shopping day, because no one is out. LOVE IT!!

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:15 AM

what about Jackson...**** these are kids!

going to school to get my kid!

they just wanna keep them in to count as a full day so they dont lose money...jerks!

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:23 AM

BTW have fun shopping...but the saftey of our kids is a little more concerning than a trip to the mall!

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:25 AM

Is Brian ever right!! lol

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 11:26 AM

My hubby just came from Jackson by the High School. He said the roads are slicker than sh** and there are no plows or anything in sight. I can't understand why they don't let Jackson out early since alot of the kids live in the country and those roads are bad too.

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 12:11 PM

I would like to say the the SEMissourian DID NOT notify all parents regarding school closings even though they say they provide this service, and we have signed up for it. It is a wonderful service. However, it is not consistent and cannot be relied upon. I am still waiting for my text, and my student is already home!

-- Posted by sayswho? on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 12:12 PM
Response by Matt Sanders:

The schools actually send those alerts, and we just host the service. Can you tell me which school your child attends so that I can inquire with the school as to whether an alert was sent?

Want a true picture of the weather go to the National Weather Service web site and go to the region you live in. They offer good radar information on what direction storms are moving in.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 12:23 PM

Shagme the real story is that you have a kid in school and shagme is your screen name. Nice to know that positve role models are still available in the home.

-- Posted by Austin29 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 12:27 PM

jtown11...bite me! We happen to like Ausin Powers.

That does not make me a bad parent...

Jackson did not let school out, so we decided to get our child...

The district can do what they want, but I'm still the parent and I say what goes!! Not them!

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 1:41 PM

@ jtown11....you must b from Jackson...typical "I think I'm better than you" attitude!

-- Posted by SoTypical on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 1:58 PM

You tell um shagme! and let jtown11 drown in his perfection. In Cape, most side roads are snow covered and slick. Main roads are wet and slushy.

Don't follow too close. Allow at least 5 car distance between you and others and drive slow.

These little snow systems are good for us in that we gain more and more experience driving in these conditions."Lets Be careful out there"

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 2:05 PM

You rock shagme...jtown11, do you even have kids...if you did you would be worried to!

What a jerk!

-- Posted by coffeplease35 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 2:11 PM

We went and got our kids! This district really

disappoints me! They are putting our kids lives in danger!!

I have to say the supt. really must be nuts...

-- Posted by coffeplease35 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 2:13 PM


-- Posted by coffeplease35 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 2:24 PM

thanks greywolf...the roads are bad in Jackson...

the district made a bad call by not dismissing

classes...what were they thinking...

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 2:27 PM

Suck it up people.

-- Posted by sports101 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 2:45 PM

All I hear is wa,wa,wa,wa,wa!! This make for great laughs on a cold,snowy day.

-- Posted by dr.pob on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 3:12 PM

Nope, "shag me" sure does not come to mind when I think of positive parental role model.

-- Posted by peacock111 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 4:33 PM

Grow up...who died and made you a saint...ha

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 4:57 PM

poster named "shagme" advising others to "grow up" ...ha

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 6:21 PM

2 words... shag you! HAAA

-- Posted by shagme on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 7:49 PM



-- Posted by coffeplease35 on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 7:53 PM

How is keeping the kids in school during a snow endangering the kids any more than letting school out DURING a snowfall, and putting them on a bus, or worse yet, having highschool seniors drive in this stuff. You keep them in school, give teh snow plows a chance to do their job, let the snow quit falling and some of it will melt off and they come home safely at the end of their school day. FOLKS come on, what the heck are you expecting? Big snows that strand kids at school are very very rare in this part of the country.

-- Posted by Beaker on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:18 PM

Yea Beaker!!!! Finally a rational mind!

-- Posted by mutt_jdr on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 9:52 PM

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