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.
A motorist is helped after encountering a snow drift on Highway 64 in Ladue, Mo. on February 21, 2013.
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Snowflakes fall around the Lou Brock statue as Busch Stadium workers begin to clear the area in St. Louis on February 21, 2013. A morning ice storm and then several inches of snow have slowed or closed roads, businesses and schools.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area over Christmas.
MoDOT crews are busy pre-treating the roads, said department spokesman Drew Gates. He says if the weather allows, crews will take a break Christmas morning to spend some time with their families before the bulk of the storm hits.
MoDOT’s downsizing includes laying off 1,200 workers, closing over 130 facilities, and selling off hundreds of pieces of equipment. State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright says, though, that the number of workers assigned to remove snow and ice will remain the same.
President Obama declared a state of disaster in 59 Missouri counties today as a result of severe winter storms that struck the state between late January and early February. Federal aid has been made available to supplement state and local cleanup efforts.
Federal assistance and funding will be available to state and local governments on a cost-sharing basis in order to help with snow removal, emergency work and repair or replacement of damaged facilities.