(KTVI)-After an afternoon, evening, and night of heavy rain, St. Louis woke up Sunday morning to the cold reality that winter was back. Rain north and west of downtown St. Louis mixed with and then changed over to freezing rain late Saturday before ending overnight. That left a light glaze of ice on elevated surfaces, cars, and untreated roads and sidewalks.
MoDOT and IDOT crews had been prepping the roads Saturday evening so most of the major interstates and streets avoided slick spots. They continued to treat bridges and overpasses into Sunday and will add roadways as needed.
The other story with this storm was the heavy rain is produced, especially south and southeast of metro St. Louis. Rainfall totals in Chester, IL were reported at 3.00” and Fredericktown, MO reported 3.64”, with many areas seeing at least and 1.50” of liquid precipitation. There were some flooding concerns overnight, especially in Washington, St. Francois, Iron, and Madison Counties in Missouri.
A weak storm system to the south of St. Louis sent some sleet, freezing drizzle, and light snow towards St. Louis again late on Sunday morning . No accumulation was expected.
Drivers north and west of St. Louis area woke up to icy conditions Sunday morning. The roads wreaked havoc on drivers, especially truck drivers like Jeff Smith, who says the highways had plenty of problems.
Some drivers spent the night at the T &A truck stop in Foristell. Smith and driver Tim Shannon say travel on Interstate 70 was rough. Near Kansas City, cars lined the highway after sliding off into ditches. They both saw plenty of accidents.
“Last night, as the sun went down, it started to snow and some ice. With that our biggest concern is cars. They keep going fast while we are going slow. They were sliding off of the road. I saw seven cars still in a ditch,” said Smith.
“It was beautiful then when we got to Kansas City. It started raining and snowing heavier and heavier the more east I came,” said Shannon.
Ice formed on roads, trucks, cars, windows and car doors.
“You gotta stop and clean it off and clean the lights off so you can see. Sometimes the radiator gets plugged up.” said Shannon
So before you hit the road drivers say give yourself some extra time to get through icy slick spots, because one false move can lead to disaster.
“Slow down and number two remember that a big truck takes… in inclement weather takes were gonna take over a football field to make a safe stop. Please don’t cut in front of us,” Smith said.