SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Shovels and plows were working overtime on Wednesday as the Ozarks digs out from the Blizzard of 2011.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 44 from Springfield to mile marker 11 (U.S. 71 south) in Joplin reopened at midmorning. That stretch of road was closed Tuesday evening, forcing many truckers and other motorists to spend the night in their vehicles, roadside motels, or at truck stops.
The Oklahoma Turnpike (I-44) is still closed because of snowdrifts, and may not reopen until Wednesday night or Thursday morning or later.
North of Springfield, the Missouri Department of Transportation sent two dozen extra trucks to Dallas, Hickory and Polk counties to clear off state roads. Snowplow drivers worked nonstop on Tuesday to keep main highways like Missouri 13 and U.S. 65 open.