ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Late Saturday night, large snowflakes quickly filled the skies and covered the streets of the St. Louis region. Snowfall totals ended up being between 2″ and 5″, primarily between Lincoln and Warren Counties in Missouri southeast to Clinton and Washington Counties in Illinois.
Just after midnight Sunday, MoDOT and IDOT plows brought in additional crews to begin to clear area highways. The snow at times led to white out conditions on many roads. Police and emergency crews had a long night helping motorists who were unable to navigate the slick roads.
Slick streets lingered into Sunday morning. The Pieris family from Creve Coeur had a snowy Sunday morning they will never forget. The family of six including four young kids was on their way to church when they hit a dangerous slick spot turning from Page onto north Lindbergh when they slid off an on-ramp into a ditch.
“It was icy and I had slowed down. I mean I was doing less than 25, but I hit an ice patch and then before I knew it I was sliding,” said Shantha Pieris who was driving the family`s minivan.
His wife, Shayani Pieris, added, “He was, I think, trying to slow down more and straighten the wheel, but we were already on a roll I think. So we were on our way down and he couldn’t stop it.”
AAA was able to tow the family out of trouble. No one was hurt.
But it wasn’t all bad. Kids were loving the snow because they got to go sledding.
“There isn’t a lot of snow but there’s still snow so it’s fun,” said 10 year old Becky Lang.
Seven year old Luke Ehret added, “The reason why I really like sledding- I like going fast down snow and I like getting the snow in my face.”