Snow brings traffic gridlock to metro area

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It had little to do with depth and plenty to do with timing. That seems to be the best explanation for barely two inches of snow crippling traffic for much of Tuesday afternoon and evening in St. Louis.

Drivers we spoke to reported a twelve mile trip from north St. Louis County to St. Charles taking about an hour and a half. That was the experience of Joe Pulliam, who we found stopping for gas in St. Charles after the unexpectedly long journey.

”Everyone just wants to look and see what’s going on. If you just focus on the road and keep your eyes forward and stop looking at everything you should make there all right.”

But that wasn’t happening Tuesday, he conceded.

Even the short cuts turned into long cuts with the interstates jammed. A driver along the Earth City Expressway who didn’t give her name said she’d been sitting on the same stretch of road for an hour at about 6pm.

“I don’t know what it is, they’re crazy!” she said of drivers out on the road.

There were countless fender benders and minor wrecks around the area. FOX 2 ran across one just off St. Charles Rock Rd., which police described as, “one guy stopped and two others didn’t.”

Officers say they’ve come to expect crazy nights when the first snow of the year falls.

“This being the first real one of the season, this one’s been pretty bad,” St. John Officer Brian Travers said. “Everything’s icing up and rush hour is not helping, so it’s been busy.”