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KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)-- Rain, light snow, and bitter cold moving into the St. Louis area had people making plans in a variety of ways across the region.

Kirkwood is among a number of communities hosting Missouri high school football playoffs Monday night.  The city’s rivalry with Webster Groves is known to generate heat, and they’ll need all the heat they can get.  Temperatures are expected to plummet during the game with precipitation moving in.

MoDOT and St. Louis city officials will have road crews at the ready overnight to deal with any slick spots or accumulating snow.  A MoDOT spokesperson says they will try to pre-treat some highways, but will be at the mercy of the rain.  If it’s too heavy, the chemicals would just wash away, making the process a waste of time.

Anyone with a business that involves “winterizing” anything was busy Monday.  Terry Matthews of Terry’s Cut and Trim works with sprinkler systems. He had more than 100 calls from people looking to get the water blown out of the pipes before the hard freeze arrives Tuesday.

“With the weather changing this fast you need to do everything you need to do as far as taking your hoses down, shading off your sprinkler system, shading off your mains going out to your hose bits and everything. It is a critical night tonight,” he said.

At the Kirkwood City Park there were a number of parents out, Monday, taking advantage of one more warm day.  Coats are about to be in order, if you’ve already bought them.

“Maybe we don’t have the fullest coats we could have but we’ve got our heavy fleeces I guess, and hats,” Elena Zerega said, conceding a trip to a winter wear store may be in her future.

Snow flurries, blast of cold air on the way for St. Louis