(KMOV) – The massive Spring snowstorm that pelted the St. Louis area on Sunday set a record for most snowfall in March over a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service. On Monday, residents throughout the area were trying to dig themselves out of the winter wonderland.
With 12.6 inches of snow recorded at Lambert Airport, Sunday’s winter storm set a new record for March. The previous record for the month, 12.1 inches, was also set on March 24 in 1912.
The 12.6 inches is the 6th biggest snowfall on record for St. Louis in a 24-hour period.
In the News 4 viewing area, Mount Olive, Ill. got the most snowfall with 16.2 inches of accumulation. Godfrey, Ill. got 15.3 inches while O’Fallon, Mo. and Hazelwood got 14 inches.
O’Fallon, Mo. had received more than 12” of snow by late Sunday night, according to a trained spotter.
The snow tapered off late Sunday night, but News 4 Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt said Monday would see light and intermittent snow that could add up to another inch of accumulation.
Temperatures on Monday were expected to reach highs in the low 30s. That’s compared with a high of 76 degrees a year ago.
Meanwhile, Missouri Department of Transportation crews continued to work through the night, leading to a somewhat calm morning commute.
Officials said MoDOT crews would continue working into Tuesday if needed. While no weather-related deaths were reported Sunday, several minor accidents were reported, including a snow plow that slid into a ditch in St. Charles County.
Monday morning also saw its fair share of minor wrecks throughout the St. Louis area, though none were considered serious.
At Lambert Airport on Sunday, the winter storm forced more than 100 flights to be cancelled, while others were delayed as airport runways were plowed and jet wings de-iced.
Here are the heaviest snowfall totals as of Monday morning.
16.2’ – Mount Olive, Ill.
14”—Hazelwood, O’Fallon, Hardin
14’ – Hardin, Ill.
13.3”—St. Charles, Mo.
13.0”—St. Peters, Grafton, Harvester
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