Icy win­ter storm shuts down schools and trans­porta­tion

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION -

ST. LOUIS >> A thick glaze of ice cov­ered roads from Ok­la­homa to south­ern Illi­nois on Fri­day amid a win­ter storm that caused nu­mer­ous wrecks, forced school can­cel­la­tions, grounded flights and prompted dire warn­ings for peo­ple to stay home. Win­ter storms are typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with heavy snow­fall, but the one ham­mer­ing the south­ern Plains and Mid­west dumped freez­ing rain, a con­di­tion even harder for road crews to treat. A slick road­way was sus­pected in a fa­tal wreck in Mis­souri.

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