Second winter storm blankets Vernon County with new snow

Sunday, December 14, 2003

For the second time in a week, area residents woke up to a snow-covered county Saturday morning. Little activity was seen in Nevada, as snow continued to fall steadily. As of mid-morning on Saturday, few accidents had been reported, but one involving two vehicles which blocked the road on U.S. 54 Highway near Deerfield occurred at about 7:15 Saturday morning. Details of the incident were not immediately available.

Public safety officials encouraged area residents to stay home during the storm and traffic was light.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm, which began in Kansas and traveled east, passing into Nevada at around 11 p.m. Friday, dropped about an inch or so of snow on the Kansas City area. The snowfall, expected on Saturday morning to become flurries but continue until sometime Saturday afternoon, left an estimated new accumulation of three to six inches in Nevada.

The heaviest snowfall reported from the storm was near Branson In that area of the state, 28-year-old Erik Christiansen of Rockaway Beach skidded off a snow-covered Highway 160 about five miles north of Forsyth. The vehicle he was driving, a 1995 Chevrolet, overturned. Christiansen suffered minor injuries and was treated at a Branson hospital.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, most of the highways in the state remained snow covered Saturday morning.

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