ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Freezing rain hit St. Louis Monday morning just as rush hour was starting creating an icy glaze on many surfaces, including sidewalks, driveways, and some area roads. Temperatures were below freezing until about 10:00am, so rain falling was freezing on surfaces and icing things up pretty quickly. Many surfaces are still slick.
Rain is expected to be completely out of the region by 1:00pm, but some fog has built up across the region lowering visibilities. A high near 40° is expected for Monday afternoon, so roads for the evening commute should just be wet.
Many businesses and schools are closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday, so traffic was lighter during the morning rush hour. MoDOT, IDOT and municipal street departments started treating roads early, but there were still plenty of slick spots.
Reports of accidents came in from all areas. One accident even had a report of an emergency vehicle being struck by a vehicle that slid on the ice. Police report most of the accidents have been a result of drivers going too fast for conditions.
There were some spots of lighting and thunder Monday morning, making some heavier rainfall at times.
This blast of winter weather was the last for a while. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 50°s Tuesday afternoon.