This year’s array of snowstorms kept governmental entities across Missouri busy plowing roads. It hasn't been cheap to keep streets clear. And the expense is expected to go up as winter storms continue their blitz across the St. Louis area and the Show Me State.
To understand just how much more expensive this winter is than previous years, Missouri Department of Transportation’s Elizabeth Wright provides some perspective. She says it’s cost the state around $40 million to plow snow off state roads so far. But MoDOT spends on average $42 million every year.
The American Red Cross is asking donors to help replenish the St. Louis region’s blood supply after snow and frigid weather prevented blood collection for several days.
Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says snow and cold across the country have led to a shortfall in donations.
“Here in the Missouri-Illinois region over the past five or six days, we’ve had to cancel more than 30 blood drives because of the weather,” Fox says. “And as a result of that, we’re seeing a shortfall of close to 900 units of blood and platelets.”
Despite a persistent myth that seems to surface every time it snows, homeowners don’t increase their liability in "slip and fall" cases because they cleared the snow and ice from their sidewalks, say local attorneys.
Snow and ice are considered a normal hazard of living -- and clearing off your sidewalk is the right thing to do, said Stephen Ringkamp of the Hullverson Law Firm.
First, a tribute to those who are trying to work as the snow piles up. But for many, though, it's been a day at home. Reports have come in of cookies baking, chili in Crock-Pots and books being ready by people curled up under warm throws.
We asked staff and friends to send us photos if they ventured out -- some stayed in and took their photos; others didn't venture far, except for the intrepid Robert W. Duffy. To share your pictures, email to email@example.com.
So you can relive the all-day snow from yesterday, this fun video was brought to us via our Facebook page from fan Scott Rackers. Wondering what the records are for snowfall in St. Louis? Our infographic has the answers.
Late Sunday night 12.4 inches of snow had accumulated at Lambert International Airport, setting a new record for a March snowfall in St. Louis. The previous record was set 101 years ago, when just over a foot of snow fell on March 24, 1912. The below chart shows the top ten snowfalls in March.
Updated 9:25 a.m. on Monday, March 25, with details on snow totals for St. Louis region.
The National Weather Service says Lambert St. Louis Airport had a record 24-hour snow fall total of 12.4 inches. At least 100 flights were canceled at Lambert on Sunday. As of 6:15 a.m. Monday, 18 departing flights have been canceled, along with 12 arriving flights.
Updated 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, with details on snow removal efforts.