Cleanup underway after Saturday morning snowfall
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Friday’s cold rain turned to heavy, wet snow overnight leaving a mess on the roadways for early Saturday morning drivers. By 11:00am when the snow ended, most people in the St. Louis area saw snowfall totals of 3 to 5 inches.
Some spots in Franklin, Warren, and St. Charles Counties in Missouri say 7 to 9 inches of snow. Snow totals across southern counties of the FOX 2 viewing area were lower due to the later changeover from rain to snow and drier air early Saturday.
Spin outs and crashes were numerous in the pre-dawn hours as the snow picked up, creating blinding conditions. The most serious crash occurred early Saturday morning. A woman was killed in a crash in the eastbound lanes of I-44 near Jamieson around 2:00am when a car hit a tractor trailer. Witnesses say the car may have been going the wrong way. The tractor trailer slid and hit a highway sign, blocking two lanes of traffic. Eastbound I-44 was shut down for several hours.
MoDOT crews worked through the morning battling the snow. Early morning roads were almost completely covered throughout the St. Louis area with one to four inches of snow. A mixture of beet juice and salt is being used to treat Missouri roads. IDOT also reported snow covered roads across the Metro East. They had more than 150 crews working to clear the roads.
MetroLink has been running on time despite the snow, but MetroBus is experiencing up to one hour delays due to slick and snow-covered road conditions. Nine MetroBus routes in Missouri are on snow routes: the #18 Taylor, #27 North County Shuttle, #33 Dorsett-Lackland, #35 Rock Road, #42 Sarah, #47 North Hanley, #59 Dogtown, #70 Grand, #90 Hampton. Two MetroBus routes in Illinois are on snow routes: #1 Main Street – State Street and #17 Carlyle Plaza – 17th Street.
Metro Call-A-Ride is also experiencing up to 30 minute delays due to slick road conditions.