A reported seven inches of snow was dumped on Chillicothe during the overnight hours bringing the current snow total to about ten and a half inches.
The snow began late Monday night and was still gusting through Tuesday morning as street and MoDOT crews tried to dig out.
Most of Chillicothe shut down for the day, including the Constitution-Tribune. Along main street, it was difficult to see the stop lights due to blowing snow.
Even the Livingston County/Chillicothe EOC opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday. "We have several inches of new snow with blowing conditions," stated fire chief Darrell Wright. "Visibility is at a quarter mile. At this time we have no road closures the main routes have been plowed but are still snow covered."
Several power lines were reported down in the area, mostly those leading to houses, but reports were coming in from rural areas. According to Wright, Meadville Fire stated that most of Linn County's power was out Tuesday morning.
"We would discourage travel until conditions improve," said Wright. "We also recommend that homes owners check the vents to furnaces and make they are clear of the snow."
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office also declared a travel warning, urging motorist to stay at home and off the roadways if at all possible.
Should you travel and become stranded, remain in your car and dial 911. If you are stranded the safest place is in your car.