Strong Midwest winter storm system brings only rain to St. Louis; here’s why

Missouri

ST. LOUIS – This winter hasn’t been too bad when it comes to accumulating snow. Monday’s system brought a lot of rain and even some thunder, with the heavy snow missing us to the north.

Many factors go into precipitation type when it comes to winter storms in St. Louis, but a critical factor is the track of the low-pressure system.

Monday’s low-pressure system basically moved right overhead here in St. Louis. This kept the region in the warm sector for much of the day. With temperatures above freezing, we just had rain.

Some of St. Louis’ biggest snows happen when the center of the low tracks further south over Memphis. This is the sweet spot for our region to get an impressive snow. This is the track of the storm system that cause the Blizzard of 1982.

What would have happened Monday if the track would have been further south and temperatures were colder? How much snow would we have gotten?

Today at Lambert we got 1.19 inches of rain. One inch of liquid precipitation is about equivalent to 12” of snow.

If today’s system had been all snow, we would have seen it pile up to about one foot.

If you’re a snow lover, don’t worry, we have the entire month of February and even March where we can get some decent snows.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

FOX 2 St. Louis Weather Links:

Popular

Latest News

More News