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Snowstorm packed a wallop, but didn't break records

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By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis – The St. Louis region is digging out from several hours of heavy snow that fell Tuesday.

The storm closed schools, businesses and some roads.

The amount of snow that fell did not break any records. It varied widely across the area, from just a couple of inches in the northwest to about a foot elsewhere.

The official total, measured at Lambert Airport, was 10 inches.

The National Weather Service's John Carney said it was a very hard-hitting storm.

"It was just snowing so hard that it was causing white-out conditions," Carney said. "Whenever you get thundersnow, the snowfall rates can be very, very high, two, three inches. We got reports of more than three inches an hour in some places in the thundersnow."

Carney said the storm put St. Louis well above the average snowfall for the winter.

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