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. …
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, …
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 …