Hit-or-miss snow arrives in St. Louis area

Hit-or-miss snow arrives in St. Louis area

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Winter road trip stops to pet the "Deer"

Tanya Wickham, left, captures the moment as her grandchildren Sparrow Wickham, center, and Rohdi Wickham with their mother Charlie Makely pet "Deer" at Laumeier Sculpture Park on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The fiberglass and steel work by artist Tony Tasset was purchased by donors to celebrate the park's 40th anniversary in 2017. The family is driving from Oklahoma to Minnesota, making stops along the way on their "winter tour". Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

Crews salted roads and highways Thursday in anticipation of snow making travel tricky in the St. Louis metro region.

By 9 p.m., it had done just that — at least in some parts of town.

While downtown streets showed no accumulation, the snow was sticking just a few miles west, and roads were starting to become slippery.

The forecast called for 1 to 3 inches, mostly by midnight. Friday also has snow in the forecast, but only a half an inch or less was expected, and rain was predicted to mix with the snow after 11 a.m. The high temperature Friday was pegged at 36 degrees.

The timing could have been better for the snow’s arrival Thursday.

“Unfortunately as rush hour is coming in, it’s starting to snow,” Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Bob Becker said. “We’re out there getting the treatment down now, getting ahead of this ... to make everybody as safe as we can.”

St. Louis Public Schools canceled after-school games and activities Thursday, and dozens of other groups and organizations did the same by canceling their own events.

MoDOT planned to be fully staffed overnight, again salting the roads in anticipation of Friday’s morning rush hour, Becker said.

“Around midnight (the snow) should slow down, which will give an advantage to our night crews to get around,” Becker said. “Our salt works well with those temperatures around freezing. We can manage that better at those temperatures, so we will be out working.”

A winter weather advisory will be in effect until 6 p.m. Friday.

Organizers of the NHL All-Star Weekend said all events will be held as planned in downtown St. Louis, but said they’ll monitor the weather and announce any changes or cancellations on social media.

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