Metro area blasted with several inches of snow

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 5:37 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 1:58 PM

(KMOV) -- Residents of the News 4 viewing area woke up to several inches of snow that blasted the Metro overnight.

The bulk amount of the snow hit the metro between 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday morning.  4Warn Meteorologist Kristen Cornett says the quick shot of snow was predicted but it came down much heavier than forecast.

The 4Warn computer models suggested the snowfall would be 1 inch on the high side but that turned into a swath of 2-4 inches of heavy wet snow throughout St. Louis and outlining areas.

The highest report News 4 has received is in Dardenne Praire where approximately 4.5" of snow fell. At least 4 inches of snow fell in some areas such as St. Louis City, Cottleville, Illinois to Hazelwood, Missouri. Other areas experienced close to 2 inches of snowfall.

At the peak of the snowfall, the roads got treacherous and traffic came to a crawl. MoDOT and IDOT had not pretreated the roadways but later, cleared the streets for the Sunday morning commute.

The City of St. Louis said it had to keep breaking up a thin layer of ice under the snow as it re-froze.

"A lot of men and women left their families, came in to go to work and we activated about 35 plows, 50 people, we got them out of bed and they all showed up on time and the equiptment started, and we hit it all night. Here we are," said St. Louis City Street Department's Todd Waelterman.

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