JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Senate canceled session this week due to inclement weather, and the House is holding a technical session only Monday and Tuesday.
“Due to brutal cold weather and potential snow accumulation, the Missouri Senate will not be in session,” Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden said Sunday. “We will take the rest of the week one day at a time in an effort to keep folks safe.”
On Monday, Rowden announced the Senate would be out for the remainder of the week as the weather conditions worsened.
Due to brutal cold weather and potential for snow accumulation, the Missouri Senate will not be in session tomorrow — Monday, Feb 15. We will take the rest of the week a day at a time in an effort to keep folks safe. #MOLeg
— Caleb Rowden (@calebrowden) February 14, 2021
The Missouri Senate will not be in session this week. With additional snow and ice in the forecast for much of the state, we want to be sensitive to the safety of our staff and members. Next week’s forecast looks great — excited to get back to JC and get back to work! #MOLeg
— Caleb Rowden (@calebrowden) February 15, 2021
House Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher said the lower chamber will only have a technical session Monday and Tuesday. The House has already canceled once this year; albeit, that was due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Jefferson City is expected to see anywhere from four to six inches of snowfall as temperatures hover in the low single digits Monday. As of early Sunday afternoon, the Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reported all the major roads in and around Jefferson City were covered with winter weather, and officials are asking people to stay off the roads as conditions worsen.
Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo praised the decision to cancel session in a tweet, saying: “True bipartisan support on this one. Stay safe and warm everyone.”
Thank you Caleb. True bipartisan support on this one. Stay safe, and warm everyone. https://t.co/IabiwQf8bb
— J O H N ⚡️ R I Z Z O (@JohnJRizzo) February 14, 2021
This story has been updated. It was originally published on Feb. 14.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
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