AREA -- Freezing rain began falling around noon Dec. 15 causing roads in the Oregon County/Mammoth Spring area to become slick, with most area schools closing by early afternoon.
A mix of ice, sleet and snow began falling again in the early evening and all area schools and some businesses were closed Dec. 16 due to the slick conditions.
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Tim Hull said the slippery roads caused several accidents from northwest Missouri through the Bootheel, although there were only a few minor accidents in the local area and several vehicles and drivers found themselves in the ditch because of the icy roads.
"A lot of slide-offs and a lot of minor accidents, but a couple of fatalities, too, unfortunately," Hull said. "It seems people forget how to drive on snow and ice.
Marcelaine Falk, 40, of Doniphan died when she lost control of her car on ice on U.S. 67 near Poplar Bluff. Hull said she crossed the centerline striking another vehicle head-on. The accident left four others with moderate injuries.
Willie Love, 51 of Cairo, Ill., died in New Madrid County when he lost control of his vehicle on ice, crossed a median on U.S. 60 and struck another car.
By Dec. 17 most area main roads were clear but back-roads and dirt roads remained mostly ice covered causing all area schools to remain closed.
All area schools resumed as normal Dec. 18.