The Bootheel of Missouri and Pemiscot County was brought to a virtual stop by one of the biggest ice/freezing rain and snow storms that began on Mar. 2 and ended the morning of the Mar. 3. Sunday began with thunder and freezing rain, switching to thunder and heavy amounts of sleet, and then followed by a topping of wet snow. Estimations of five to six inches of the combination brought most of the county to a halt.
County offices, city offices, restaurants and other businesses closed as law enforcement officials advised people to stay off of the streets and roads. As of mid-morning on Mar. 3 most of interstate 55 and almost all of the side roads remained close to impassable.
Residents are calling in the worst storm they can remember since the ice storm of 2009 that shut down the area and power for up to weeks and months for some.
All of Pemiscot County schools were closed and situations were aggravated by temperatures falling into the teens with wind chills near zero. Luckily only scattered power outages were reported as freezing rain switched quickly to heavy sleet. Power lines and trees were still covered and law enforcement report handling countless slide-offs and accidents.
Each area law enforcement advised staying off of the roads so that emergency crews could do their work. CHS-PAWS, the animal shelter closed to the public, calling in only staff that would care for the animals and has already announced they will be closed again tomorrow. Some banks worked partial days or did not open and some stores remained closed.
Temperatures are expected to begin to rise again by Wednesday above freezing and citizens are hoping that March coming in like a lion will go out like a lamb. For road conditions drivers can check with the Missouri Department of Transportation.