Wet, Deep Snow Weighs Heavily On Trees

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - A day after this record-breaking March snowstorm, countless tree branches are snapping, weighed down by the thick, heavy snow.

Sunday’s storm brought a close call for Kelly Hackney’s Buick, parked under a snow-covered tree that kept on bending. She says, “It was leaning on the hood, on the roof, and then around 10 o’clock last night it just fell over.”

Lucky for this St. Charles resident, the pine tree fell in the other direction, blocking several driveways but not causing any damage.

“I’m glad it’s gone,” says Hackney.

But other car owners weren’t so lucky. Throughout the metro area, downed limbs have also collapsed power lines.  Ameren Missouri responded to 3,000 power outages, mostly from fallen trees in backyards.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is not immune to the impact of the heavy snow.  Botanical Garden Horticulture Supervisor Ben Chu says, “A bunch of debris has fallen off these hollies over here because they’re so laden with snow...it is causing some problems with a lot of breakage.  And in some instances, some trees had fallen over, like at my house, I had a large tree fall over as a result of the snow load.”

If you’re worried about the snow weighing down your branches, Chu says you can take a broom and lightly brush off the snow.  He adds, “Hopefully as the temperatures warm and the sun comes out, it’ll melt the rest of it, and they’ll spring back up naturally.”

But even as it warms up, Jordan Carles, 11, won’t forget this storm anytime soon. It marks the end of his treehouse, and countless childhood memories.  Gesturing to his tree, he says, “You can see I had the ropes to guide me around, and then had step after step into a little pod, and then I used to get up in that.”

We’re told the recent drought could have something to do with the fallen trees, since the roots tend to get more brittle with a lack of water.