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(KPLR) -The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the St. Louis area from 9:00pm Saturday until 3:00pm Sunday.  A large storm system will move through the region bringing heavy snow.  Behind the storm, dangerously cold air will move into the area with wind chills in the -15 to -30 degree range Sunday evening through early Tuesday.

The forecast calls for 8 to 12 inches from metro St. Louis to the east and northeast, with 4 to 8 inches likely farther to the northwest, west, and south. With bitter cold air settling in, this will be a light, powdery snow and gust winds will be blowing that snow around.

Temperatures will be falling all day Sunday. The temperature will dip to around -4° by Monday morning, with colder wind chills.

MoDOT, IDOT, and local road crews are already prepping roads for the heavy snow, but are also asking motorists to avoid travel if possible.

The dangerously cold weather cold weather is is prompting cities to open warming shelters throughout the area.

St. Louis City and St. Louis County Warming Centers

If you live outside of St. Louis City or County, check the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Warming Center List.  Just put in your zip code.

There are several centers open in the Metro East:
St. Clair County:
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 225 N. 9th Street, East St. Louis
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 701 James R. Thompson Blvd. Building E – East St. Louis

Madison County
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 606 West St. Louis Avenue – East Alton
Dept. of Human Srvcs – 1925 Madison Avenue – Granite City

For more centers in Illinois, visit Keep Warm Illinois and enter your zip code.

If you additional help, contact the United Way St. Louis by calling 211 or
MO: (314) 421-0700 or (636) 939-3300
IL: (618) 258-9800 or (618) 233-8441 or (618) 877-6780
GET HELP: 2-1-1 or (800) 427-4626

Heat Up St. Louis is accepting donations to help area seniors and the disabled with their winter heating bills. To donate, visit Heat Up St.

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