The National Weather Service says the St. Louis area saw only about a tenth of an inch of snow, but high winds knocked down limbs and power lines throughout the area, and even collapsed buildings and tore roofs off homes.
High winds from the storm knocked out power to thousands of Ameren customers in Missouri. At 10:30 p.m., more than 12,000 customers remained without electricity statewide, most of them in St. Louis County. In the Metro East, about 1,700 customers were without power.
There were also reports of limbs broken off trees and damage to homes from the wind. At least four homes in St. Louis sustained significant wall or roof damage.
Officials at Lambert St. Louis-International Airport said several flights were canceled or delayed because of the winter storm.
Deneen Busby, a Lambert spokeswoman, said at 7 p.m. that 42 arrivals were canceled and nine were delayed and 40 departures were canceled and 14 were delayed. Many of those were because of more severe weather in other parts of the country, she said.
Weather service meteorologist Doug Tilly said far western parts of the metro area, such as Warren and Lincoln counties, saw snow at 9:30 a.m.
The snow tapered off late Thursday morning and returned to some parts of the area by midafternoon.
The snow moved out by about 6 p.m., with only a tenth of an inch of accumulation at Lambert. The highest wind gust in the area was 67 mph, recorded just before 4 p.m. at the airport.
The area remained under a wind warning until 9 p.m., with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph predicted.
The snow may not stick around long. Temperatures should peak in the mid- to upper 30s today and the mid-40s over the weekend.
Forecasters still say there’s a 30 percent chance of snow on Christmas Day and a 50 percent chance that night.