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Snow & Wind Forces Drivers From Interstate 55

PERRYVILLE, MO (KTVI) – Many drivers heading south on Interstate 55 stopped traveling when they hit Perryville, Missouri.  Chris Hayes followed the storm there and explained why drivers decided it was too dangerous to keep going, even after the storm.

Our morning started in Bloomsdale, Missouri, where we met the edge of snowfall south of St. Louis. It became colder and windier as we headed south. Icy conditions forced travelers like Ludhvik Venisheddy to change plans, “The cars are skidding. I wasn’t able to control my car and went off the road and I just want to be safe.”  He was on his way to Memphis, but said he’ll get a motel until the roads improve.

Two employees at a Perryville convenience store said they talked to many customers with similar stories.

Ashley Wood explained, “They’re having a lot of trouble. A lot of people are in the ditches and it’s more the wind then anything.  There’s a lot of people stuck.”

Misty Tarrillion added, “I’ve been here since 3:00 a.m. and they are just more worried about what’s going on south because a lot of them are travelers with us being right here.”

Chris Hayes asked, “They’re telling you they`re stopping?”

Tarrillion said, “Yeah we had a van pull over and sleep for awhile.”

Hayes, “And some of them are asking about hotels in the area?”

Tarrillion, “Yes.”

In some spots, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of snow.  You’ll find knee high drifts in other spots.  Snow plows continuously chased blowing powder that seemed to fill the air even as it stopped falling from the sky.

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