Olympic Ice Skater Timothy Leduc Talks Skating on Cruise Ships and Making History at the Winter Games

Source link

UPDATE: I-80 reopens to most traffic; high winds, winter weather impacting all interstate travel

I-80 in Arlington 4/23/22 (WYDOT)

UPDATE: Closures due to winter conditions on I-80 have lifted as of 1:48 p.m., WYDOT said. Closures to light, high-profile vehicles due to high winds remain in effect between Elk Mountain and Laramie.

For the latest road and travel conditions, visit the Closures and Advisories page on the Wyoming Department of Transportation website. 

CASPER, Wyo. — Winter conditions and high winds are prompting more closures Saturday on Wyoming roadways, including all major interstates.

Winter conditions closed Interstate 80 in both directions between Cheyenne and Laramie shortly after noon, the Wyoming Department of Transportation said. I-80 is closed eastbound from Rock Springs to Cheyenne due to a rolling closure. Expanded closures are likely.

Gusts of 60 mph have also closed I-80 closed to light, high-profile vehicles from Elk Mountain to Laramie. High wind advisories along the I-80 corridor are in effect until 6:00 p.m. Snowfall and blowing snow are advised along the corridor from central Carbon County to Rock Springs through 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

(NWS Cheyenne)

I-25 is closed from Wheatland to Casper due to winter conditions. As of 10:30 a.m., the estimated reopening time is unknown. I-25 is also closed to light, high-profile vehicles between Chugwater and Cheyenne due to high winds, with gusts up to 65 mph expected through midnight, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne.

Interstate 90 is closed from the Montana state line to Sundance, with no unnecessary travel advised between Ranchester and Sheridan. As of 10:42 a.m., the reopening time is unknown.

Roadways in Johnson and Natrona counties will be particularly impacted, the NWS said. Winds gusting up to 50–60 mph and heavy snow may reduce visibility to near zero at times in these areas, particularly around Buffalo, through the afternoon.

Source link

Winter weather travel advisory in effect for Easter Monday

Environment Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory for some of Southwestern Ontario. 

Starting Easter Monday afternoon and going into the evening, there will be snowfall amounts of between 4 to 8 centimeters in London, Parkhill, Strathroy, Komoka, and east and west Middlesex County. 

The onset of precipitation will likely begin as rain, before quickly changing over to snow. Visibility will be significantly reduced due to heavy snowfall at times, with rates peaking at up to 3 centimetres per hour. 

Above freezing temperatures early in the day may limit snowfall accumulations somewhat, especially on surfaces such as roads and sidewalks.

Environment Canada is advising travelers to take extra care, and adjust their driving with changing road conditions. 

The snow is expected to end late this evening, followed by clouds and a 40 per cent chance of flurries. 

Source link

Letter to Birdland | Winter wandering | Travel

I’m sitting in a yurt at Mount Bohemia, a ski resort in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If it gets any more crowded, I’ll slip my mask back on. Yesterday at lunch time, when all the tables filled, I was the only one wearing a mask.

We are here with the dogs to enjoy the snow. My husband likes winter sports more than I do, so I sit in the yurt cafe working while Michael skis and skis. It’s 8 degrees outside and a little chilly in here. Tomorrow, it will be warmer, and I will join him on the cross-country or snowshoe trail. If we choose the snowshoe trail, we can bring the dogs.

The yurt is a circle of two-by-four studs with a sturdy wall of wooden lattice and a nylon shell, the seams carefully stitched. Two-by-six boards tilt up to the skylight like spokes. The sun from above and the windows in the walls shine warm on the honey-colored wood.

The skylight, I guess, is about 20 feet up, the whole thing supported by an iron post in the center. Glittery green snowflakes hang from the ceiling, and a circle of string lights hang in yellow plastic cages midway down the ceiling. Fake pine garland with blue Christmas-tree lights circles the whole place. Christmas stockings hang at intervals, so our cafe looks like a festive construction site.

Whenever I come here, I think how cozy a yurt would be at home. Through one doorway is a group dining hall with picnic tables, through another is a bar. I might go get a hot toddy soon.

Driving up here, I told Michael to enjoy it, because this was the last trip I would take in the winter. We left early to avoid the snowstorm that was supposed to hit home, but we didn’t leave early enough to avoid a treacherous drive through low visibility. It was then that I decided it was my last winter trip.

We made it out of the storm and to a hotel in Rockford that allows dogs, and the next morning dawned clear, and I thought maybe it would be all right. The clear weather held until we got to the smaller, windier roads. Which was also when the sun went down and snow started again.

By now, it was my turn to drive, and honestly, treacherous though it was, I feel better when I’m in the driver’s seat. We wound around the hilly road, and Michael pointed out that at least up here they know how to use a snowplow, and the roads were well-groomed: wide and plowed flat with big, curving walls of snow on both sides.

As we drove, the snow stopped and started, and I felt a surge of relief every time it cleared, but it never stopped for long. I told Michael I just don’t enjoy vacations when I think we might die. But when the snow stopped, we found ourselves in a magical wooded tunnel, trees arching over the road. That view was almost worth it. Almost.

Ursula and Cullen dozed in the back of the car, and when we finally arrived at 9 p.m., we found a delightfully kitschy room with 1970s wood paneling, a swag lamp hanging from a chain in the corner, a clever stainless-steel stove/sink/fridge unit (but no radar range) and, best of all, a balcony overlooking a frozen lake surrounded by snow-laden pines.

In the morning, a herd of deer crossed the snow-covered lake in a line. Or were they caribou? They were far away but also pretty big. Too bad we didn’t bring our spyglasses. The dogs settled right in, but then they are happy whenever walks and naps are plentiful.

We’ve been worried about complications that come with age, namely, incontinence. Lately, it’s hard to leave Ursula with anyone, because she needs a potty break at night. She barks, and we wake up to let her out. But how would that work in a hotel?

I decided to try something new and brought her some, um … doggy diapers. They come in bright colors, but I chose a demure black to match her sleek coat. They have a hole for her tail and wrap around her waist and close with velcro. I was skeptical, but the diapers work great! She doesn’t love getting into them (I have to pull her tail through the hole), but once they’re on, she doesn’t mind, and they saved us from many an accident in the hotel.

Wander in beauty; ramble in peace; blessed be

Mary Lucille Hays lives in Birdland near White Heath. If you’re missing your weekly dose of Birdland Letters in The News-Gazette, you can still read them every week in the Piatt County Journal-Republican. Consider subscribing to support your small-town newspaper. You can see pictures about this week’s post on Instagram @BirdlandLetters. Mary can be reached at letterfrombirdland@gmail.com or via snail mail care of the Journal-Republican, 118 E. Washington St., Monticello, IL 61856. She wants to thank her friends for writing and will answer you all soon.

Source link

Round-trip flights to Paris starting at $400 for spring, fall and winter travel

Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Paris starting at $400 for spring, fall and winter travel

Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.com receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers. Please view our advertising policy page for more information.

Editorial Note: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Source link

Land of 100 Olympians: Why Steamboat Springs is a winter sports mecca

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — With fireworks shooting from atop his head and a rainbow of LED string illuminating his body, the Lighted Man lived up to his moniker while carving wide S-turns down the main slope of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

As high-octane music pumped out of the speakers, a few thousand people of all ages bundled up against the February chill to watch as ski patrollers jumped through flaming hoops, teenagers on skis fired Roman candles into the night sky, and kids in illuminated costumes choreographed a red snake hundreds of feet long as they worked their way down a serpentine mountain trail.

“The Olympics got nothing on Steamboat Springs,” boomed the emcee through the loud speakers.

The emcee didn’t exaggerate. Marveling at what amounted to Burning Man on snow at the Saturday night ski show, a signature event of the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, was more enthralling than watching the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing on TV.

The show also pried me and my family away from the destination ski resort Steamboat, where 11 of us, ranging from 8 months to pushing 70, convened for a family-friendly ski trip convenient to both coasts. In turn, the nation’s oldest winter carnival west of the Mississippi River introduced us to the passionate, community-driven winter sports scene in the town of Steamboat Springs.

The nighttime extravaganza took place walking distance from downtown on publicly owned Howelsen Hill, a small ski area that frames the heart of this Colorado mountain town and anchors its sporting claim to fame: home of the most U.S. Olympians.

While the youth participants and coaches at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were putting on their daredevil show for a bargain $5 — the Winter Carnival is a club fundraiser — four Steamboat athletes were in China competing at the Beijing Olympic Games. With their participation, this year’s Steamboat delegation created a new milestone. The town of 13,000 is now home to an impressive 100 Olympians.

On a weeklong trip, I explored the town’s Olympic past and present. I’ve visited 10 Winter Olympic host cities in five countries, nearly got thrown out of a Lake Placid, New York, bar during a heartbreaking Team USA semifinal hockey loss to Canada in 2014, and attended the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For a town that’s never even hosted the games, Steamboat showcases the best of the Olympic spirit and makes for a remarkably well-rounded winter sports vacation destination.

Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

The town hill

Don’t be alarmed by the shortage of jagged peaks in Northwest Colorado. What this corner of the Rockies lacks in alpine grandeur it makes up for with high elevation that can hold onto even modest snowfall, from the 6,700-foot elevation in town rising to around 10,000 feet atop Mount Werner, home to Steamboat resort, and at other peaks nearby on the continental divide at Rabbit Ears Pass.

On my family’s visit, local residents bemoaned a lack of the white stuff dating back some six weeks, but I was impressed at how well what little snow had fallen through early January was conserved to keep the winter sports spectrum in full swing. Both Howelsen Hill and Steamboat boasted at or near 100% of their trails open, the four local Nordic centers groomed daily, and snowmobilers zipped around the forest on the continental divide.

That reliable winter snowpack was part of what attracted Norwegian immigrant and champion ski jumper Carl (born Karl) Howelsen to Steamboat during the 1910s. His larger-than-life presence led to the establishment of the club, the carnival and the ski area that now bears his name. Each is more than a century old and can claim “first” status in U.S. winter sports. The charming Tread of Pioneers Museum (adults $6) tells the full story in its permanent exhibit on the region’s Olympic winter sports legacy.

The day after the ski show, I made my way back to Howelsen Hill, which proclaims itself North America’s oldest continually operating ski area. Howelsen Hill is the skiing equivalent of a municipal golf course. It charges a modest admission (adults $39, youths 5-18 $28), but serves predominantly as a public amenity for local families to enjoy some fresh air during the long Colorado winter — and perhaps mint some Olympians in the process.

Admittedly, the skiing is likewise modest, with a mere 440 feet of vertical drop. A lone triple chairlift serves the summit, where on Ski Free Sundays (a perk open to residents and visitors alike) you might see ranchers from surrounding Routt County in bluejeans and cowboy hats teaching their kids to ski — or learning themselves — on the array of blue squares and green circles that fan off down the ridge.

Aside from the triple chairlift, the other way to the top is a between-the-legs Poma lift with direct access to the imposing array of ski jumps that make Howelsen Hill such a prime training ground for aspiring Olympians.

In between laps down the steep black diamond main face (which just 12 hours before had been the pyrotechnic stage for the Lighted Man), I watched the master’s division ski jumpers close out the Winter Carnival. Middle-aged dads hoisted their daughters onto their shoulders as they ascended the podium.

Inside the base area lodge, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club honors its athletes on the second floor. For each Olympian with roots in Steamboat, a flag bearing the nationality of that year’s Olympic host country hangs from the rafters. With the exception of 1936, every Olympic Winter Games since 1932 is on display. The Olympic rings, meanwhile, are woven into a wall tapestry preserved from the 1956 Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (which will also host the 2026 alpine events).

Olympic heritage

Words of encouragement abounded during the Games themselves, from a downtown gas station sign wishing athletes good luck to a whiteboard at the Steamboat Springs Ski Touring Center inscribed with a short poem: “Our hometown team is Beijing bound / They fly and glide with grace! / We are proud to say they trained here! / Go Team USA!”

After looping some of the 15 kilometers (about 9.3 miles) of gentle Nordic trails at the ski center (adults $25, children 12 and under $19), located 3.5 miles from downtown, I stopped to chat with owner Kajsa Lindgren outside the ski shop.

During the winter, there’s a chance you might share the trail with an Olympian in training, but don’t be star-struck. “They’re totally approachable,” Lindgren said. “They’re my best friends.”

While Steamboat’s Taylor Fletcher and Jasper Good didn’t medal at Beijing 2022 in the Nordic combined — a duo of Nordic skiing and ski jumping — Lindgren cheered them on from home.

“I pulled an all-nighter to see my boys,” she said. “My poor neighbor texted me at 5 a.m.: ‘They can’t hear you screaming at the TV.’”

The touring center, which also operates the Haymaker Nordic Center farther south, is a third-generation family business founded by Lindgren’s grandfather, Sven Wiik. He was an Olympic gymnast for his native Sweden at the 1948 London Games, immigrated to Colorado, and then naturalized as a U.S. citizen to coach the cross-country ski team in the Grenoble Games in 1968; he later served as Team USA’s chief steward during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Lindgren’s father was on tap to groom trails at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games before his death.

“The Olympics are ingrained in me,” Lindgren said.

Bronze or bust

Head left from the top of the Storm Peak Express chairlift atop Steamboat Ski Resort and a bust juts out of the forest to memorialize Buddy Werner, who cut his teeth at Steamboat before becoming the first American to win the legendary Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, in 1959. He died in an avalanche near St. Moritz, Switzerland, five years later — and the 10,568-foot high point at Steamboat was renamed after him.

Skiers and snowboarders rub the bronze for good luck. I did the same on behalf of my knees as I prepared for a mogul clinic with one of Steamboat’s resident Olympians, Nelson Carmichael. While Werner never medaled in his three Olympic appearances (1956, 1960 and 1964), Carmichael brought home Steamboat’s first hardware: a bronze medal in the 1992 Albertville Olympics in France.

“It’s the wild side of skiing,” Carmichael said of what drew him to moguls after he moved to Steamboat Springs with his family as a 12-year-old boy. “It wasn’t the disciplined group of racers.”

Carmichael offers weekly free clinics on his namesake Nelson’s Run, though bump runs were in abundant supply at the resort after weeks without snow.

“Go slower than you need to so you can maintain a line,” Carmichael advised before I navigated gingerly through an icy mogul field. The 56-year-old swiftly followed with perfect form, now decades removed from competing on the World Cup circuit and professional freestyle tour. Carmichael made his Olympic debut in 1988 at the Calgary Games (when skiing moguls was still a fringe demonstration sport), joining Team USA for the opening ceremony in McMahon Stadium.

“For a skier, that’s a big deal — we don’t walk into stadiums all the time,” he said.

Carmichael has made his winter home in Steamboat ever since and showed me around the mountain. More than half the trails are beginner or intermediate, and there are relatively few options for extreme skiers. The sprawling resort does not have a single fall line from the top, but rather folds into multiple zones served by chairlifts nestled in basins, so navigation can prove confusing. Make your way to the terrain served by the Sunshine Express for wide, family-friendly cruisers.

As Carmichael and I lounged in deck chairs outside the Four Points Lodge, taking in the broad panorama of the Yampa Valley, the Olympian settled on one word to describe his beloved home mountain and the town below: “mellow.”

Ski trip logistics

A breezy, two-hour Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport operates once daily on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, servicing Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, 24 miles from the town of Steamboat Springs. Numerous companies provide round-trip shuttle service (adults $100, children 12 and under $50) and car rentals are available, if limited. The return flight leaves late enough that you can take advantage of the Fly Alaska, Ski Free promotion and receive a complimentary Steamboat lift ticket on your day of departure with your same-day boarding pass.

Steamboat Springs proper encompasses an eclectic and bustling nine-block main street along Lincoln Avenue. F.M. Light & Sons is the standard-bearer for Western wear, if you fancy cowboy boots and Stetsons. For more contemporary mountain style, check out Ohana across the street. During the Winter Carnival, the street is covered in snow for the “street events,” during which horses tow young ski and snowboard racers.

Four miles separate the town from the resort, much of that distance lined by strip malls that make up in convenience what they lack in charm. Fortunately, a rental car is not a necessity. Free bus service runs back and forth between the town and the ski resort six times per hour, with additional service during the morning and evening rush.

Steamboat is on the Ikon Pass, which is the only rational way to plan a ski trip here. Steamboat holds the dubious prize of North America’s most expensive lift ticket at $269. No ski area is worth that king’s ransom, even if the resort’s Champagne Powder™ makes an appearance. (Speaking of trademarks, the resort’s owner made the cringeworthy corporate move to trademark Ski Town USA, then sue Salt Lake City over a similarly named marketing campaign.)

If you prioritize staying closer to the slopes, try the Steamboat Grand (rooms from $235) or book a condo directly through Steamboat resort. For a luxury ski chalet, Moving Mountains manages some 30 properties with room for as many as 32 guests. If you’d prefer to start your morning rubbing elbows with locals over breakfast, stay in town at the kitschy Rabbit Ears Motel (rooms from $159) or the Nordic Lodge (rooms from $149), but beware of short-term rentals on sites like Airbnb and Vrbo. Those lodging options are a live political football as local government wrestles with regulations in the wake of runaway housing prices, an all-too-familiar story in recreation towns.

Odds and ends

On a large family trip, cooking in is a must. Between the town of Steamboat Springs and the resort is a Safeway and a City Market, a Kroger affiliate, while Natural Grocers on the main street can supplement with any hard-to-find organic items, like, in our family’s case, a particular brand of baby formula.

On nights when no one volunteers to play chef, call on Moe’s Original BBQ (family meals from $32) for smoked chicken, pulled pork and ribs that come with a “Yampavore” seal of approval noting the restaurant’s reliance on local farmers and ranchers. We were less enamored of Blue Sage Pizza (18-inch pizza from $15), which couldn’t hold a candle to the pies we can get at home.

For early risers, Colorado Bagel Company serves up a tasty bagel, egg and cheese sandwich ($5.50) and the Steamboat Wine Collective, despite the name, is a reliable source for espresso drinks made with beans from local Big Iron Coffee roasters.

At lunchtime, tip your helmet to the PR genius that concocted the TacoBeast, a food truck housed inside an on-mountain snowcat that roams to different locations at the resort — then tuck into a plate of elk chorizo tacos ($5 each). For a stationary option, Thunderhead Lodge makes a mean burger and whips up themed bowls (think Jamaican and Thai options). Don’t miss the tiny Olympic museum in the stairwell leading up to the cafeteria, which includes artifacts like Carmichael’s ski jacket from the 1992 Olympics.

Après-ski oscillates between the traditional Slopeside Grill and its hipper upslope cousin, T Bar, where even on a Monday there was a DJ spinning live dance music. On a sunny day with a hint of spring, a margarita ($9) washed down a veal choripan, the day’s daily flatbread (market price).

Steamboat is a much lower-key nightlife destination than party-hearty resort towns like Whistler and Aspen. A Friday night line stretched out the door for bluegrass at Schmiggity’s, but my siblings and I opted to catch the USA vs. Canada hockey game at the lanes. Snow Bowl Steamboat — far enough outside town you’ll need a rental car or a taxi — boasted the biggest screen to watch the Olympics alongside a decent pub-fare menu and plenty of suds from local Storm Peak Brewing Company (lanes from $20 per hour).

Final word

While the Olympic spirit in Steamboat Springs undoubtedly shines brightest once every four years, when the Games are underway, the town and resort have immortalized their Olympic legacy in enough places to give a taste during any visit.

What’s more, training is a year-round pursuit, and simply watching youngsters at Howelsen Hill practice ski jumping is its own marvel, as the next generation of winter athletes puts in the time to compete at the highest level.

Most importantly, the winter sports infrastructure that makes Steamboat Springs such an ideal breeding ground for Olympians also makes the town an inviting destination for an active winter vacation. Downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, groomed and backcountry snowshoeing, snowmobiling and backcountry skiing are all readily available — and best enjoyed with a hot soak afterward.

Source link

WINTER WEATHER UPDATES: Traffic resumes on Interstate 70 east of Columbia after wreck


LINK: Closings and Delays

6:11 p.m.

Traffic cleared up on eastbound Interstate 70 around 6:08 p.m.

Missouri State Highway Patrol has not updated what caused the wreck near mile marker 134 since it occurred.

5:50 p.m.

A crash on eastbound Interstate 70 past the Range Line Street and Route Z exits has closed the passing lane.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said at about 5:30 p.m. that the closure could last an hour. A traffic camera nearby showed a long line of slow-moving traffic west of the crash site, which is at mile marker 134.

2:05 p.m.

Parking restrictions on primary routes in Columbia have been lifted.

The Public Works Department said on Twitter just before 2 p.m. Friday that parking on those roads can resume as normal. Parking is restricted on those routes when snow exceeds 2 inches, making vehicles subject to ticketing and towing.

Columbia Public Works’ snow clearing street map showed crews have made passes on most priority routes, but that roads were still not deemed to be easily passable by a two-wheel drive vehicle as of mid-afternoon. A public works spokesman told ABC 17 News that clearing operations on priority, secondary and other streets will continue throughout the day, and some roads will remain slick.

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s map showed state highways were clear through most of Mid-Missouri as of mid-afternoon. Temperatures in Columbia had reached the freezing mark with periods of sunshine.

12:20 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s map shows significant clearing on Mid-Missouri’s state highways as temperatures rise and the sun pokes out in some areas.

Stretches of Highway 63 and Interstate 70 retain some snow cover but are listed by the agency as mostly clear. That’s also the case with Highway 24 and Highway 54 in the eastern and southern reaches of Mid-Missouri. Some stretches of major highways through the area are designated clear.

Snow piled up on roads early Friday, causing several crashes and slide-offs. However, those incidents slowed down later in the morning and into the afternoon.

Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees at noon, allowing road treatments to assist in melting the snow.

10 a.m.

Authorities warned of a crash slowing traffic on Interstate 70 eastbound near the Midway/Highway 40 exit in Boone County.

A Missouri Department of Transportation traffic camera showed tractor-trailers pulled over on the roadside. Traffic continued to flow in the passing lane and the scene appeared to be nearly cleared at 10 a.m. The agency’s traffic map showed roads at least partially covered around Mid-Missouri.

Jefferson City police said a little before 10 a.m. that a crash on Highway 54 near Cassidy Lane was causing delays.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop F says it has responded to 61 calls since midnight, including 24 stranded drivers, 30 non-injury crashes and two injury crashes.

8:55 a.m.

Traffic has started to again flow in the eastbound lanes approaching the bridge.

8:50 a.m.

Traffic was backed up at the Missouri River Bridge between Boone and Cooper counties after a crash.

The Missouri Department of Transportation warned the eastbound lanes in Cooper County were closed because of the crash. The closure could last an hour, the agency said.

8:25 a.m.

Snowfall totals vary widely across Central Missouri as a winter storm that dropped two waves of snow wraps up.

The area’s highest official total as of Friday morning was 9.7 inches in Sedalia. Other totals include 4.9 inches at Ashland, 7.6 inches in Boonville, 3.3 inches in Kingdom City and 2.5 inches in Camdenton.

8:30 a.m. live weather update

An official total was not yet available for Columbia.

The snow prompted schools around the area to cancel classes and has caused several crashes, including tractor-trailers jackknifing on Interstate 70.

7:45 a.m.

A new Columbia Public Works team is starting to treat and plow first and second-priority routes.

City leaders reported the 28-person team reported in for their shift at 7 a.m. The crew replaces a 23-person overnight plow team. Crews plan to keep first and second-priority routes across Columbia in a passable condition on Friday.

The city’s bus system, Go COMO, will also operate on an alternating schedule. That’s similar to the routes city buses use for Saturdays.

Customers can download the Go COMO app to find the location of buses in real time.

7 a.m.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting possible delays on westbound Interstate 70 in Columbia.

An ABC 17 News crew near the 129 mile-marker saw a semi-truck on its side. More details about the crash weren’t immediately available.

The MoDOT Traveler Information Map website showed poor road conditions across Mid-Missouri.

Boone County Joint Communications has asked drivers to avoid traveling on Friday morning if possible.

6:35 a.m.

Columbia will enforce no parking on snow routes.

The Columbia Public Works Department asked drivers on Friday morning to move their vehicles from designated snow routes. Columbia enforces a no-parking ordinance after the city receives more than two inches of snow.

Drivers that don’t move their vehicle face possible fines and towing fees. Boone County Joint Communications reported poor road conditions across the area.

Joint communications asked drivers to avoid travel until plow trucks can clear the roads.

5:35 a.m.

The Jefferson City School District has canceled classes for Friday.

Poor road conditions due to the winter weather have made travel unsafe, according to a Twitter post from the school district.

JC Schools joins dozens of other Mid-Missouri school districts to call off classes for Friday.

5:25 a.m.

Boone County Joint Communications warned drivers to avoid parts of Highway UU west of Columbia.

Poor road conditions have closed the road to traffic, according to a BCJC alert sent just before 5:10 a.m. The Missouri Department of Transportation asked drivers to avoid travel if possible.

LINK: Forecast

Original story:

Interstate 70 in Columbia is back open to drivers Friday morning.

Boone County Joint Communications sent an overnight alert about traffic at a standstill near the Stadium Boulevard exit after a crash. Emergency crews diverted westbound traffic for several hours.

The MoDOT Traveler Information Map website showed poor road conditions on parts of I-70, Highway 63, Highway 54, and other roads across Mid-Missouri. Boone County Joint Communications warned drivers may find vehicles parked along the interstate, Clark Lane, and other area roads.

Drivers are also asked to avoid parts of Gillespie Bridge Road. ABC 17 News is told plow trucks cannot access the area.

Source link

Winter 2023 faculty-led travel course proposal deadline is April 1

Submit a travel course proposal to your Academic Dean for Winter 2023 by April 1, 2022. Find the proposal form and important COVID-19 updates on the OIE Travel Course website.  International AND Domestic course proposal applications accepted!  Two key policy updates include a new requirement for 2 faculty/staff leaders for each program and each program will be subject to a risk assessment before final approval and continual assessments for travel and safety updates as deadlines and departure dates approach. Questions?  Contact Jemma Lund (Study Abroad Program Manager) at lundj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2413.

Source link