Spring storm dumps record snowfall in St. Louis area

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 8:04 AM

(KMOV) – The St. Louis area was hit with a heavy blanket of snow when a winter storm rolled through on Sunday, dumping more than 15 inches in some locations and setting a record for the month of March.

Rain transitioned to snow in the morning, then began to fall heavily in the afternoon. Areas to the north of St. Louis were hit hardest, with snowfall accumulating at nearly 2 inches per hour during the early afternoon.

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.

Here’s some stats to put it all in perspective:

-12.6 inches was the most from a snow storm since the blizzard of 1982.

-While Palm Sunday currently sits at #6 on our top 24-hour snowfall, the biggest on record is 15.6 inches, set 1912 (an unofficial total though of 20.4 inches dates back to 1890).

-The 2nd biggest snow total on record is the blizzard of 1982 13.9 inches (That’s officially at Lambert, but there was 20 to 25 inches in parts of the city and county).

-It was 54 on Saturday. Then it snowed a foot the next day. Last time we had a big snow in March we got 10 inches the day before it was 66.

-50 miles was the difference between the biggest and smallest totals on Sunday. Mt.Olive, Ill. had 16.2 inches while Nashville, Ill. had 1 inch.

-Last snow season, St. Louis had 6.3 inches. Now we have 27.7 inches this season. We average about 17 to 18 inches.

-Last March was the warmest on record with 12 days in the 80s. This March we had the biggest snow storm in the month of March on record.

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.

Lighter snow is expected to continue into Monday, then taper off into flurries by the evening. An additional one to three inches of snow could accumulate on Monday, though that is unlikely.

Click here for the 4Warn Storm Team’s Monday forecast.

Blowing snow reduced visibility throughout Sunday, increasing problems on roadways. Several minor accidents were reported, including a snow plow that slid into a ditch.

Here are the heaviest snowfall totals as of Monday morning.

16.2’ – Mount Olive, Ill.

15.3”—Godfrey, Ill.

14”—Hazelwood, O’Fallon, Hardin

14’ – Hardin, Ill.

13.5”—Jerseyville, Ill.

13.3”—St. Charles, Mo.

13.0”—St. Peters, Grafton, Harvester

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