I've never seen so many red, white and blue flashing lights... seemed every couple miles between downtown St. Louis and St. Charles County there were two or three police cars, an ambulance and lanes or entire highways shut down at different points.
The weather didn't SEEM so bad. Just a little drizzle and it wasn't THAT cold. But it was just cold enough and just wet enough to cause major problems for the unsuspecting. And there were many drivers caught off guard.
I couldn't help but compare this to what we saw during the sleet and snow storms a few weeks ago. The highways were just about undriveable then but it didn't seem like there were near as many crashes. That's because people knew to stay home or at least go really slow on the roads.
Wednesday morning between 4:30 and 8 there was no reason to stay home, but there was a major reason to slow down and perhaps avoid certain areas all together. Many didn't realize it until it was too late.
My colleague, Steve and I came across at least eight crashes (one involving six cars at I-270 and I-170 was the biggest we saw) during our drive around the area Ustreaming live video on Awake with News Four. Luckily, none of the crashes seemed serious as far as injuries were concerned.
Still... rough morning.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.