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An accumulation of snow that fell on the Ava area early Saturday morning caught everyone off guard, including MoDOT workers.
It was not until people began sliding off the road and numerous traffic accidents were reported that workers began treating roads for the thin layer of ice that developed under the one-inch accumulation of snow.
One of the first wrecks reported was on Highway 5 just south of the Highway 76 intersection where a pickup slid into a power pole, breaking it off and causing electric lines to fall onto the roadway. That mishap was reported at 5:50 a.m.
Ava Police Officer Brenda Dinwiddie identified the driver, who was not hurt, as Scott Anderson.
Beginning around 7:43 a.m., Ava Police and the Highway Patrol got reports of numerous wrecks, some with injuries, within a few miles of Ava.
A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 5 and NW 16th Ave. (Industrial Road) resulted in serious injuries to an Ava driver.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Buffy L. Dale, 32, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for injuries received when her 2002 Chevrolet crashed into a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Lloyd T. Marvin, 77, of Ava.
Dale, who was southbound on Highway 5, was ejected from her vehicle, according to the investigating officer, Tpr. Jason Philpott.
Marvin, who was northbound on Highway 5, suffered only minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
Also suffering minor injuries and refusing treatment was a passenger in the Marvin vehicle, Judy R. Adema, 69, of Ava.
None of the three was wearing seatbelts, the Patrol reported.
At about the same time that crash occurred, a pickup slid off the roadway just north of the same intersection, traveling down a steep embankment on the east side of the highway. The truck never turned over and the driver, whose name was not given, was not injured.
While emergency workers were at the scene of the wreck on Highway 5 north, there was a report of another wreck with injuries south of Ava.
Emergency personnel with Cox Ambulance and Ava Fire Department broke off and headed south where Highway Patrol Tpr. Amye Johnson was investigating a one-vehicle crash just north of Highway AF, on Highway 5.
There, a 2003 Dodge pickup driven by Ricky D. Hall, 54, of Mtn. Home, Ark., had slid off the roadway while attempting to pass another vehicle, went down a steep embankment, striking two trees.
Hall, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Baxter County Hospital in Mtn. Home by private vehicle.
The snowcover was short-lived and the traffic situation improved greatly as the sun came out and temperatures warmed during the mid-morning hours.
Weather forecasters say we may be in for another round of winter weather today (Thursday) as another storm system moves across the Ozarks.
Rain was expected to begin Wednesday night and forecasters said the conditions were right for some areas to experience what might develop into a major ice storm.
With this type of weather, where warm, moist air comes in above colder temperatures, a degree or two fluctuation in temperature can determine if we receive rain, freezing rain, sleet or snow.
In addition to the possibility of ice accumulation on trees and power lines, strong winds are expected today (Thursday) which would increase the danger of broken trees and downed power lines.