- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Another Arctic blast was expected to push temperatures toward zero Wednesday as Missouri worked to recover from a winter snowstorm that spread several inches of snow across the state.

The storm that hit Tuesday forced schools and business to close. There also were cancellations of dozens of flights at Kansas City International Airport, where a Southwest Airlines jet arriving from Denver got stuck in a snow bank on Tuesday evening as it was taxiing to a terminal. The passengers were bused to the terminal. The airport was still reporting a handful of cancellations Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said Hannibal in northeast Missouri had about 13 inches of snow Tuesday, Kansas City had about 8 inches, Columbia had 5.4 inches and St. Louis had 4.4 inches.

Several roadways, including U.S. 70, were covered with snow Wednesday, and Route H in northeast Missouri was closed because of snowpack, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. MoDOT also said high winds were expected to blow snow onto highway lanes, making it difficult for snowplows. MoDot cautioned drivers to expect to see the plows and to give them plenty of room.

Many school districts around the state that called off classes Tuesday also remained closed Wednesday, including the University of Missouri-Columbia and public schools in Kansas City and Springfield.

While little snow was expected in Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday, the weather service forecast “life-threatening” wind chills for Wednesday night and early Thursday when another Arctic blast was expected to hit northern and central Missouri. Lows were expected to nosedive to below zero, with actual temperatures heading toward 10 below north of the Missouri River, the weather service said.

Forecasters also said there was a chance for more snow in many sections of the state late Friday and Saturday and again Monday.

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