Missouri Highway Patrol leaders pleaded with people to stay off snow-covered roads, but the state is giving little advice to its employees whether to report for work.
Wrap: Should I stay or should I go?
As more than a foot of snow gets dumped on most of Missouri, state workers are in limbo about whether to fight their way to work.
The state says if they choose to stay home, they lose a vacation day, comp time, or need to adjust their hours.
Office of Administration spokeswoman Emily Smith says it's standard policy.
|Description: "We allow state employees to exercise their good judgment as it relates to traveling to and from work and assess their particular circumstances and to work those issues out with their supervisor."|
Smith says the Nixon administration is looking at the weather to see if the policy will stick around for the rest of the week.
From a snowed-in state Capitol, I'm Theo Keith, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.
State employee parking lots were mostly deserted in Jefferson City on Tuesday, but those workers didn't get a free day off.
Wrap: Gov. Jay Nixon's Office of Administration commissioner urged employees to drive cautiously to work.
But in the same message, he directed them to the state's policy for missing work in bad weather...and blizzards.
That policy: if you stay home, you take vacation, comp time, or adjust your work schedule.
A spokeswoman says a "significant" number of workers stayed away, but said there was no way to tell the actual number.
She says the policy might continue if the roads stay bad.
The House and Senate have given up on the storm ... they're not coming back until Monday.
From the state Capitol, I'm Theo Keith, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.