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A winter storm is hitting southern Illinois, leaving roads covered in snow and ice and prompting officials to urge residents to stay home if they can.

  • The National Weather Service extended the blizzard warning this morning to include at least parts of the St. Louis metro area. The blizzard warning now includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Madison County and St. Charles County. The blizzard warning is in effect until noon Wednesday. Forecasters say wind gusts could reach 30 to 40 mph Tuesday afternoon.