(KTVI) - The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning well ahead of the storm hitting the St. Louis area. The warning was set from 9:00pm Saturday until 3:00pm Sunday. This large storm system is moving through the region and is expected to bring heavy snow. A light dusting covered much of the viewing area Saturday night and early Sunday, but the real snow started falling Sunday around 6:00am.
Some parts of the viewing area, including areas of Illinois, receive up to 3" of snow Saturday night, while areas of Missouri did not even get a dusting. All areas reported heaving snow by 7:00am Sunday.
Light, powdery snow and strong gusty winds will be blowing that snow around.
MoDOT reports a vehicle rearended one snow plow on I-55 near Lindbergh, breaking the axel of the truck. That MoDOT truck is now out of service. The drivers of both the MoDOT truck and the vehicle that struck it are both ok. Neither suffered any injuries.
IDOT warns drivers snow removal could take several days to get roads cleared, depending on how cold the weather gets, and how much accumulation there is.
Both highway departments again remind people to stay at home unless they must go out. Driving conditions are hazardous with blowing snow, heavy snowfall, and possible drifting. If you must go out, make sure to take emergency supplies. If you get stuck, or your car stalls, you might have to wait in your vehicle for a long time before emergency crews can reach you. Dress warmly, and make sure your car has a blanket, water and some snacks.
Chemicals don't work as well below 20 degrees, and stop working below 10 degrees. Roads crews will only be able to plow when temperatures drop below 10 degrees. But crews will have a difficult time plowing if there are drifts and whiteout conditions.
Behind the storm, dangerously cold air will move into the area with wind chills in the -15 to -30 degree range Sunday evening through early Tuesday.
Temperatures will be falling all day Sunday. The temperature will dip to around -4° by Monday morning, with colder wind chills.
MoDOT and IDOT treated roads in preparation for the storm, and had crews ready to start plowing as soon as it started to fall heavily.
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The dangerously cold weather cold weather has prompted cities to open warming shelters throughout the area.
St. Louis City and St. Louis County Warming Centers
If you live outside of St. Louis City or County, check the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Warming Center List. Just put in your zip code.
There are several centers open in the Metro East:
St. Clair County:
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 225 N. 9th Street, East St. Louis
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 701 James R. Thompson Blvd. Building E – East St. Louis
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 606 West St. Louis Avenue – East Alton
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 1925 Madison Avenue – Granite City
For more centers in Illinois, visit Keep Warm Illinois and enter your zip code.
If you additional help, contact the United Way St. Louis by calling 211 or
MO: (314) 421-0700 or (636) 939-3300
IL: (618) 258-9800 or (618) 233-8441 or (618) 877-6780
GET HELP: 2-1-1 or (800) 427-4626
Heat Up St. Louis is accepting donations to help area seniors and the disabled with their winter heating bills. To donate, visit Heat Up St. Louis.org.
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