ST. LOUIS -- Just when Missourians thought it was safe to go back on the roads, another smattering of snow and freezing rain caused new problems Thursday.
St. Louis and its suburbs generally got an inch or less of snow, other parts of the state got even less. The problem was that freezing rain was mixed in, creating slippery conditions for morning commuters.
Several wrecks—mostly fender-benders and slide-offs—slowed the morning drive to work in St. Louis. No fatal accidents in Missouri were blamed on the new round of foul weather.
Conditions were bad enough that several eastern Missouri schools called off classes—again. Some have canceled for four straight days, extending the holiday break well into January.
The latest batch of bad weather followed a weekend storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, which was followed by days of subzero temperatures.
The coming weekend could offer a reprieve, with forecasts calling for high temperatures in the 50s, which may even approach 60 in the southwest of the state.
The warming should allow crews to clear roads and highways, including some that still have snow and ice left over from last weekend’s storm.
But the rising temperatures could also cause localized flooding. The Metropolitan Sewer District of St. Louis planned to triple the normal staffing in coming days out of concerns about what happens as the snow melt runs off into the sewer system.
MSD spokesman Lance LeComb says there is also concern about plowed snow blocking storm drains, which could cause street flooding. Residents are being urged to clear areas around street drains if possible.