Brutal wind chills set in as winter weather leaves St. Louis area

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 11:27 AM

(KMOV) – While most of the News 4 viewing area did not get as much snow as anticipated, it doesn’t look like we’re out of the woods yet as devastating wind chills are expected throughout the region on Monday.

A wintry mix of predominantly sleet pummeled the St. Louis Metropolitan area to the south on Sunday, creating icy road conditions for drivers in the region. Thunder sleet was also seen south of the St. Louis area.

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A second round of precipitation, which was primarily snow, slid south of St. Louis and hit mostly the southern parts of News 4 viewing area.  The snow wound down for most of the viewing area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

A chain-reaction wreck closed Interstate 70 for several hours in Warren County. Some motorists were stranded for more than six hours before the westbound lanes opened back up about 7 a.m. All eastbound lanes were back open by about 11 a.m.

Several attractions in St. Louis closed, including the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the History Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Science Center and the Arch.

More than 130 arrivals and departures were canceled at Lambert Airport. 

Accumulations were less than initially anticipated, with Kirkwood and DeSloge getting among the most with 3.5 inches of snow and sleet.

But brutally cold temperatures kept roads icy through Monday morning.

“It is so cold, it is very icy,” said News 4 Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt. “If you wonder why we don’t have the 6 inches of snow cover accumulation, the ice really cut into the snowfall totals and made it a lot more treacherous for driving.”

The skies cleared Monday morning and cold air in the wake of the storm had temperatures around in the single digits. The normal low for this time of year is about 32 degrees.

The wind chills Monday morning made it feel like around minus-14 degrees in St. Louis. Northwest of the city, in parts like Bowling Green, it felt like minus-23 degrees.

Monday’s high is expected to be around 18 degrees, though the brutal wind chills will continue throughout the day.

Here are a number of links to help you track the weather:

Map of winter watches and warnings

Lambert Airport flight cancellations and delays

Up-to-date information on power outages: Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois outage maps.

Click here for the KMOV.com Storm Mode page with the latest weather condition updates.

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