ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- The return to winter weather for St. Louis came in right on schedule overnight. Temperatures dropped into the mid-30’s by Sunday morning as another late winter storm rolled by to our south. That storm has stirred up a very gusty northeast wind sending wind chills into the low 20’s.
Communities along and north of Interstate 70 in Missouri and Illinois will miss much, if not all, of the winter precipitation with this event. The storm is being pressed south by the strength of the cold and gusty winds. What those areas miss in precipitation they will get in wind and cold air. Winds will be quite strong from the northeast Sunday with some gusts possible to near 40 mph at times.
Light rain in the metro St. Louis changed over to light sleet and snow showers mid-morning Sunday. Minor accumulations on the grassy surfaces will be possible south of downtown. But the big story in St. Louis will be the cold and wind.
Further south, closer to the storm track, things get messy fast. This is especially true for areas along and south of a line from Jefferson City to Festus to about Sparta in IL. Rain has changed over to sleet and snow as cold air takes over. Warm ground conditions will keep the accumulations from getting too out of control but for areas south of the above line, down through Reynolds County and over to Perry County, will be looking at a sloppy mix of accumulations that could range anywhere from a heavy coating to as much as 3″ in some spots. The heavier accumulations would be most likely further west, closer to I-44 and the eastern Ozarks.