GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MISSOURI:
A massive winter storm packed with strong winds and heavy snowfall has caused the governor of Missouri to declare a State of Emergency.
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The governor made the declaration just before 10 a.m. Thursday.
The governor's office said the storm has brought hazardous travel conditions... and power outages across the state. Many portions of Missouri are expected to see 10 or more inches of snowfall.
"A severe winter storm continues to bear down on communities across the state," Gov. Nixon said. "Missouri stands ready to help communities in need and to deploy the resources to keep folks safe. I urge all Missourians to keep a close eye on the weather and avoid unnecessary travel."
The Missouri State Emergency Operations plan is now in effect. The governor's office said that allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency service.
Citizens can call 211 if they need disaster information, shelter information or other referrals. If 211 is not operating in your area you can also call 1-800-427-4626.