ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Snow began hitting the St. Louis area Thursday afternoon as part of a storm system blowing through large portions of the Midwest.
A wind advisory is in effect for the entire News 4 viewing area until 6 p.m. According to News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton, wind gusts could reach near and over 50 mph.
"Coupled with the snow showers this afternoon and early evening, blowing snow may be a distraction to drivers. Visibility will be reduced more where there's heavier snow north of St. Louis," said Templeton.
A winter weather advisory was in effect for the northern portions of the News 4 viewing area.
By Thursday afternoon, snow is expected to accumulate with the heaviest accumulations in the northern portions of the viewing area. Winds will also be at their strongest with gusts up to 50 mph.
Templeton said snow showers will taper off Thursday evening, while winds will remain strong. He said wind chills Thursday night will be between 8 and 14 degrees.
Temperatures will also be at or below freezing with most areas in the upper 20s.
The cool trend will continue Friday with lows in the 20s and a high of 38. Wind chills will be in the single digits as well.
The storm system shut down Interstate 70 in Colorado for several hours on Wednesday as snow fell and high winds caused poor visibility for drivers due to the blowing snow set to impact St. Louis. Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska were warned to be careful or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday evening.
In Kansas City, Interstate 29 was shut down after snow blanketed the city causing blizzard-like conditions.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.