Rapid moving Thunderstorms dump 2-3 inches of Rain over St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – Flash flooding and rain are leaving the St. Louis area.  Thunderstorms developed rapidly during the mid-afternoon Monday.  Dumping 2 to 3 inches of rain the City of St. Louis. 

Flooding snarled traffic along sections of Chippewa with chest-high water briefly. 

Dime-size hail fell at I-270 & Route 370 and in Tower Grove Park.  The River Des Peres rose out of its banks in University City.  In East St. Louis, officials closed the Eads Bridge temporarily, due to flooding in East St. Louis.

Flash flood warnings will continue for St. Louis City and County until 9:00 pm as run-off water flows into sewers, streams, rivers and creeks. 

The forecast for the St. Louis Metro area Tonight:  Rain exits early evening, partial clearing, Low 66.  Tuesday: Mostly Sunny, Sun Index 9, High 87, Low 66.  Wednesday: Mostly Sunny, High 86, Low 70. Thursday: Increasing clouds, Chance of t-showers, High 88, Low 70.Thunderstorm are moving through the St. Louis area, that’s bringing localized heavy rain, high winds, flash flooding on area and rural roads.