Freezing rain hits just in time for morning rush hour

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A wintry mix hit St. Louis Monday morning just as rush hour was starting. Freezing rain Monday morning created a glaze on all surfaces, including the roads. Temperatures started out below freezing and lasted several hours, so rain falling was freezing on surfaces and icing things up pretty quickly.

Many surfaces are still slick, hour later. Be careful walking out the door Monday morning because that freezing rain has created a glaze on sidewalks and driveways.

Temperatures are slowly warming, and are above freezing by midday. A high in the 40s is expected for Monday afternoon.

Many businesses and schools are closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday, so traffic was lighter during the morning rush hour.

MoDOT, IDOT and municipal street departments started treating roads early, but there are still plenty of slick spots. At 6:00am, it was 27 degrees, so the freezing rain was turning to ice as soon as it hit anything, including streets, cars, windshields, sidewalks and even clothing.

Reports of accidents came in from all areas. One accident even had a report of an emergency vehicle being struck by a vehicle that slid on the ice. Police report most of the accidents have been a result of drivers going too fast for conditions.

There are some spots of lighting and thunder, making some heavy rainfall at times with convective-like showers, and freezing rain showers.

Highs Monday will eventually top out in the mid 40s. Dry weather is back Monday night. A quick springtime warmup is on the way for Tuesday.

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