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Missouri Highway Patrol warns drivers not to drive their cars in heavy snow

Missouri Highway Patrol warns drivers not to drive their cars in heavy snow

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Snow covers many cars and trucks after a blizzard hit the Ozarks on Tuesday.

Terrence Hurn, a driver, said he thought the wild snow was something else.

“I thought someone threw a snowball at me,” Hurn said. “I’m like, hey, what’s going on here? But no, it’s just the snow falling off.”

Whether shovelling, salting or scraping, everyone should prepare to be safe in the snow. Hurn agrees.

“‘I’ll use my scraper and I’ll wipe the windows, the key areas,’ Hurn said.

Terrence Hurn has lived in the Ozarks since 2015. Being from California, he said the snow didn’t come off his vehicle as easily as he thought.

“I learned it the hard way. I tried to use my hand,” Hurn said. “I just couldn’t get over it.”

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike McClure said there’s no law about clearing snow from your car. But it can cost you a lot of money.

“If you don’t, and it causes a collision, causes damage to someone’s car passing you or following you, yes, you could be held liable for that,” said Sgt. McClure.

As for street signs, power lines and trees, Sergeant McClure said it’s up to Mother Nature.

“This is an act of God, inasmuch as it is a natural phenomenon that the snow is heavy,” said Sgt. McClure.

He said drivers should watch out for Mother Nature. Troy Pittman, another driver, said he sees people who don’t always clear their snow.

“(It can) fly into other people’s view, hit the windshield, cause them to swerve,” Pittman said.

Pittman and Hurn ask others to be aware.

“It will fly off and sometimes there is ice mixed in with the slip,” Pittman said.

“Just be tired, and you don’t want to hurt anyone,” Hurn said.

Sergeant McClure said if you see a power line or tree with heavy snow or hanging, call 911.

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