Thu January 12, 2012
Snow snarls morning commute
A band of light to moderate snow has made its way to the St. Louis area this morning.
The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory remains in effect until six o’clock this evening for a variety of weather conditions, including snow, blowing snow, sleet or freezing drizzle and rain.
Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says the snow is making the morning commute difficult.
"Given the strong gusty winds out of the northwest and the temperatures falling, probably the biggest threat this morning is that the snow will continue to blow onto the roadways and refreeze as the temperatures continue to fall into the low 20s," said Sieveking.
Sieveking says overall it’s not a significant weather event compared to what St. Louis experienced last year.
The St. Louis metro area will see about one-to-two inches of snow.
But the Missouri Department of Transportation says as the snow continues to fall in St. Louis, the conditions on the roads continue to deteriorate.Kara Price with MoDOT, says interstates are partly to mostly covered throughout the region and snow bursts are making it difficult for drivers to see.
“There have actually been quite a few crashes throughout the St. Louis county area especially on I-64, I-270, I-44,” said Price. “A lot of the wet spots on the roads are turning into black ice especially on bridges and ramps.
Price says crews have been out in full force since 2 a.m when the storm began trying to treat and plow the roads.
MoDOT is encouraging motorists to leave a little later this morning.
MoDOT winter prep