ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Ahead of today's expected snowfall, St. Louis County crews will be working throughout the day and night to keep the roads clear. City of St. Louis crews began preparing on Saturday.
Warming centers have been set up at the St. Vincent Community Center (7335 St. Charles Rock Road) from 6 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. Monday. Meals will be provided along with sleeping accomodations.
The City Emergency Management Agency will monitor response from the city's Emergency Operations Center, which works with the National Weather Service, local utilities, state and regional departments.
The Street Department began spraying salt brine on city streets Saturday and sprayed another level on Sunday. Crews will move to 12-hour shifts during snowfall and removal. Streets will be cleared in phases, with primary arterial routes, secondary routes, hill routes and business districts. Together with assistance from Park and Forestry, the department will have more than 55 plows out for snow removal.
The City of St. Louis Human Services Department and its partners are again opening the Emergency Cold Weather Overflow Shelter to accommodate unsheltered homeless men, women, and children. The shelter is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the 12th and Park Recreation Center. The Bridge will be open today until 6 p.m. to accommodate people who are homeless. Metro and the St. Louis Fire Department will begin transporting individuals to 12th and Park beginning at 6 p.m. The Bridge will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Warming Centers also are open throughout the City. People can find the nearest one by calling the United Way at 211.
Emergency meal packs have been delivered to seniors who depend on St. Louis Area Agency on Aging for meals.
The Health Department has activated the City’s Functional Needs Registry reverse 911 to seniors and people with disabilities. Mayor Francis Slay has recorded a message to remind residents where to seek help during the extremely low temperatures. People can also self-register online at any time or by calling 314.657.1676 during regular business hours.
Animal Care and Control officers also will be patrolling, looking for animals left outside in distress.
All calls for service should be directed to the Citizens’ Service Bureau by calling 314.622.4800, tweeting @stlcsb, or filling out a request online. Please give street crews an opportunity to make streets passable before calling, based on the tiered snow response.
To sign up for severe weather text alerts, sign up through the City of St. Louis Emergency Management Agency by texting STLCEMA to 888-777.
This article previously stated a warming center would be set up at the Affton Community Center, but it has been closed until further notice. Anyone who shows up will be transported to St. Vincent.