Snow Falls As St. Louis Prepares For Spring

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- A one, two punch from Mother Nature in St. Louis Tuesday: snow and wind. High winds blew down a cell phone tower during the mid-afternoon.  It hit the rental business next door.  No one was hurt.  A man inside the building said it sounded like a bomb going off.

It’s the time of the year when the weather seems to have a split personality.  One day it’s pleasant even warm, the next more snow falls.  A blast of winter hit the metro area Tuesday morning.  In Bridgeton, one man rode his bicycle through the snow determined to get to his destination.  In Belleville, a drive-in movie theater posted a sign that hopes for spring soon.  When the morning snow ended, the biting winds took over to let us know winter was still here.

More light snow showers and flurries are expected Tuesday evening before this latest winter storm moves out.

Ken Wright was out in the weather Tuesday.

“I can’t stand the snow about time we had some warmer weather," Wright said.

At Brandt and Sons Ace Hardware in Maryland Heights owner Jeff Brandt has his feet in two seasons.  One foot is still in winter, he has shovels and ice melt ready for sale.  His other foot is moving forward, much of the store is packed with spring and summer items.  Brandt said, “By this time last year people were really engaged in spring they were asking when we’re going to get flowers and plants in.”

At Thies farm they are gearing up to meet gardeners’ needs.  Dave Thies is one of the owners. “People are now starting to get a little spring fever,” he said.  They began preparing for spring back in December by planting seeds and cuttings which have now grown into beautiful plants.  They have about one thousands plants, as many as 100 different kinds fill the greenhouses.  Thies said, “People are even anxious to buy a small potted flower just to stick in their kitchen and let them know that spring will eventually get here.”

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