Winter storm sleeting portions of Metro-East -

Winter storm sleeting portions of Metro-East

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A winter storm creeping its way across portions of Illinois is mucking roads with a mix of sleet and snow. It’s also forcing the schools to close early and hampering travel.

Forecasters say the severe weather that arrived in the region Thursday morning was expected to leave as much as 2 inches of snow and sleet in portions of Illinois near St. Louis.

Farther south, the National Weather Service says Illinoisans can expect a half inch to an inch of sleet before the storm clears out later in the day.

Thursday’s temperatures in the region were forecast to remain below or near freezing, with highs in the 40s possible on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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