SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Stretches of two major interstate highways in Missouri were shut down on Tuesday. To the north, Interstate 70 is closed between Kansas City and St Louis. Closer to home, westbound lanes of Interstate 44 from Springfield to Oklahoma are closed.
"I've been here for 18 years in this district and this troop, and I've not seen us have a need to close the interstate system like this before," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Lt. Terry Moore.
With wind-driven snow across I-44, many drivers, including truckers, found themselves sliding into the median and ditches, even at slow speeds.
"The truck just literally, woosh, like a hockey puck. I think it is by the grace of God that I didn't tip over," said truck driver Jon Arko.
Many over-the-road haulers have experienced weather like this before but, for some like Arko, it's a surreal sight.
"I've never seen this many tractor trailers needing assistance as I have in the last 20 miles," said Arko.