Snow Storms
1:42 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Winter Storms Blow Into Government Coffers

Winter storms come with a price tag.
(Missouri Department of Transportation/Facebook)

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.

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6:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

St. Louis City Streets Director Gets Earful From Aldermen Over January Storm

St. Louis City Streets Director Todd Waelterman testifies before the Board of Aldermen's Streets Committee.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

St. Louis’ streets director faced a harsh reception from aldermen for how the city responded to a January snowstorm.

During an appearance before the aldermanic  committee,  Streets Director Todd Waelterman faced a torrent of criticism for how the city responded to the January snowstorm.

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Public Health
9:02 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

As Snow Melts, Red Cross Calls for Blood Donations

Credit (KWMU staff)

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.”

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7:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Public Angst Prompts St. Louis City To Plow Side Streets

Mayor Francis Slay made the announcement after widespread criticism regarding the city's efforts to clear its streets after Sunday's snowstorm.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 4:58 p.m. 1/10/13 with map of plow requests.

For the first time in recent memory, the city of St. Louis is plowing its residential streets. 

It’s a policy shift that came amid widespread complaints that the city did an inadequate job of cleaning up after Sunday’s snowstorm. 

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10:18 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Shovel On: Clearing Sidewalks Doesn't Increase Liability In 'Slip and Fall' Cases, Say Attorneys

An unshoveled walk does not protect against liability and could be a violation of local ordinances.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

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.

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Freeze Pops
2:23 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Snow Captured In Pictures

Looking southwest toward Forest Park from the roof of St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist church in the Penrose neighborhood.
Antonio French

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

4:30 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather

The Gateway Arch is barely visible from Busch Stadium during a snowstorm on Jan. 5, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 5:50 p.m. Monday with information from latest city briefing

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9:39 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Yesterday's Record-Setting St. Louis Snowstorm In 15 Seconds

Facebook fan Scott Rackers shared this timelapse video of the snowstorm in St. Louis on March 24, 2013. Play the video below.
(Scott Rackers)

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.

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March Snowstorm
12:08 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Infographic: Top 10 March Snowfalls In St. Louis History

A look at overall snowfall across the region as of 7 a.m. on March 25, 2013.
Credit (NOAA)

Updated Monday, March 25 with new snowfall totals

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.       

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March snowstorm
3:05 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Last Blast Of Winter Takes Aim At St. Louis Region

A heavy snow storm falls on Busch Stadium in St. Louis on March 24, 2013.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

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.

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