Thursday, February 3, 2011
A photographic look at this week's snowstorm
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Joe Barker
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Snow, sleet and ice fell on St. Peters this week. The winter storm, although dropping less than what was predicted, still managed to clog roads and cancel schools and meetings. Here are some photos from the snowy week in our new weekly feature called "Viewfinder." Enjoy.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
After sleet and snow hit St. Peters, the city began to thaw out on a chilly Wednesday.
The snowstorm was hardly historic, but St. Peters did get hit by a wintry mix Tuesday. Between four and six inches of sleet/snow fell on St. Peters throughout the day on Tuesday and into early Wednesday morning. The accumulation was enough to shut down Interstate 70 and close schools for Wednesday. Early Wednesday morning the Missouri Department of Transportation reopened I-70, but cautioned drivers to avoid the road if they could. Thanks to the bright sun and the work of road crews, most of the snow was removed from I-70 in St. Peters. The road conditions were slushy, but driveable. That description was apt for most of St. Peters. Road crews were out at 7 a.m. this morning clearing off the street. Entrences to businesses were still a …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
As snow continues to pelt St. Peters, several important things are being shut down.
Winter weather is continuing to bombard St. Peters and the rest of Missouri. The day-long snowstorm has forced the closure and cancelations of many things, chief among them Interstate 70. The Missouri Department of Transportation has shut down I-70 from Kansas City to St. Louis. With visibility only getting worse as it gets darker outside, MoDOT has prohibited drivers for driving on 70. "Heavy snow is making the highway impassable and whiteout conditions are causing poor visibility," MoDOT said in a press release. "MoDOT said this action would help keep motorists from becoming stranded on the interstate. The agency is continuing to plow statewide as conditions allow." Along with the shutdown of I-70, most, if not all, schools in the St. …
After days of hype, the winter weather finally hits St. Peters.
The sleet fell first, and then it became snow. After days of hype and predictions, St. Peters got covered by snow Tuesday afternoon. While the storm is far from over—a blizzard warning is still in effect for the metro area until noon Wednesday—St. Charles County has already declared a state of emergency. A blizzard warning is in effect in the metro area until Wednesday at noon, with wind gusts predicted to reach up to 35 mph. Captain Dave Todd, who heads the County’s Division of Emergency Management, said the State of Emergency declaration makes the County eligible for state resources and equipment, including help from the National Guard. “We have a potential crisis, and we want to stay out in front of this,” Todd said. “The National …
With wind gusts predicted, visibility could drop to zero. If that happens, MoDOT officials say even their plows will have to stay off the roads.
Missouri Department of Transportation officials are urging residents to get wherever they need to be to wait out the coming storm by noon. After that, they say, roads will only get worse. “The morning rush hour is going to be the best conditions we see all day,” said Becky Allmeroth, district maintenance engineer. Allmeroth said current forecasts call for a heavy band of snow to hit the metro area in a few hours. The storm could drop up to two inches of snow per hour. She said west and north St. Louis County, as well as St. Charles County could see the snow as soon as 10 a.m. A blizzard warning is in effect for the metro area, with wind gusts predicted to reach up to 35 mph. Allmeroth said that warning is rare. “In my 15 years with MoDOT, …
Here are five things St. Peters needs to know ahead of today's big winter event.
1. It’s still coming. This storm has been talked about for days, but St. Peters has shown very few signs of the storm. There was light rain on Monday and a light dusting was on the ground early Tuesday. Don’t dismiss this storm as another over-hyped event that didn’t happen. Forecasts still call for snow. From the National Weather Service: “Snow and sleet, becoming all snow after noon. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Widespread blowing snow after noon.” 2. St. Peters is ready. The city urges residents who have Internet access or cell phones able to receive text messages to sign up for Nixle, an emergency notification service the city uses to send out urgent messages to its residents. You can sign up for …
Monday, January 31, 2011
National Weather Service says its unlikely region misses winter storm.
Emergency officials are planning for a half-inch to an inch of freezing rain and ice, topped by about a foot of snow as the perfect winter storm bears down on the St. Louis area from the west. “Whatever you get, it’s going to be in a large amount,” said Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service. “We’re fairly confident this is a big storm.” Major problems are expected, due to perfect storm conditions of a build up of ice, a large amount of snow and dropping temperatures and possible power outages. St. Louis County and St. Louis officials gathered at the city’s emergency management planning area, the offices of the City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), to brief the media Monday morning in a rare show of unity and concerted effort. “We …
Ice, snow and sleet predicted to hit city this week.
Just as the snow from the last snowstorm has nearly melted completely away, St. Peters is bracing for another round in its battle with Mother Nature. Some are calling it snowmageddon or the snowpocalypse. Others are using a different term: Historic. The first wave hit this morning in the form of freezing rain. Before noon on Monday, rain fell on St. Peters. Parked cars were covered with a glaze of ice. Monday’s storm died out, but the storm is just the beginning. The National Weather Service is calling for more freezing rain later on tonight. In the morning, snow and sleet are possible. Snow should be coming in the afternoon—and not just any snow, but heavy snow. The snow and sleet could produce 3 to 5 inches of accumulation. Snow will …