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Businesses, institutions grapple with heavy snowfall

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Businesses, institutions and county and city government grappled with heavy snowfall this morning, forcing many to close their doors.

Springfield-Branson National Airport's runways and taxiways were open this morning, but all arrivals and departures were closed by noon, with the exception of one: the 4:40 p.m. Delta Air Lines departure to Memphis, according to a news release.

According to the release, regulations call for a quarter mile of visibility with a 250 foot ceiling. Regulations were no longer met as of 11:20 a.m.

Flight statuses can be checked by calling individual airlines: American Airlines at (800) 433-7300, Allegiant Air at (702) 505-8888, Delta Air Lines at (800) 221-1212, and United Airlines at (800)  864-8331.

Both Greene County offices and courts and city of Springfield administrative offices are closed today.

Road crews from Springfield Public Works and the Greene County Highway Department are at work clearing snow and sleet from roads, according to a county release.

Missouri State, Drury, and Evangel universities and Ozarks Technical Community College canceled classes for the day, and all Springfield Public Schools and offices are closed.

St. John's Health System's main services are open, including emergency rooms and ambulance services. Hospital spokeswoman Cora Scott said preparations have been made to keep services open throughout winter weather conditions, with some workers spending the night in the hospital.

Urgent care centers at Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Building and in Nixa are open to ease traffic in the emergency rooms, Scott said.

She encouraged people with appointments today to call in before making the trip, as many clinics are closed.

Stacy Fender, CoxHealth media relations coordinator, said Ferrell-Duncan Clinic is closed today and is set to reopen tomorrow.

The Discovery Center closed and Battlefield Mall closed at noon.

Gov. Nixon on Jan. 31 declared a state of emergency in Missouri and prepped the Missouri National Guard to aid in severe weather situations, according to a news release.

For continuing coverage of weather conditions, Springfield Business Journal's media partner KSPR is posting up-to-date advisories throughout the day.
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