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Up to 9 inches of snow in St. Louis expected to accompany biting wind chills

Up to 9 inches of snow in St. Louis expected to accompany biting wind chills

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The St. Louis area remains under a winter snow warning until midnight Monday; dangerous cold will continue as well.

UPDATES through Monday are here

The National Weather Service says that as much as 7 inches of snow could fall through the day. The snowfall is expected to increase in the evening. Areas to the north, including Bowling Green, could see 3-5 inches. St. Louis could see 4-7 inches; totals will increase to the south and east.

Win chills are expected to be as low as 20 below zero, with the high on Monday expected to be 7 degrees.

The weather service warned that the snow would make travel extremely difficult, and warned that anyone driving should have a full tank of gas, carry a storm kit including a shovel, flashlight, cell phone, food and water, and blankets or extra clothing.

The low wind chill could result in frost bite or hypothermia, forecasters warned. People going outside should make sure to cover all exposed skin, and wear a hat and gloves.

Many government offices and schools are closed Monday for Presidents Day.

Spire is urging its customers to conserve natural gas use by turning down the thermostat a few degrees and limiting use of gas fireplaces during the frigid weather.

Frozen natural gas wells in other parts of the Midwest have impacted supply, according to Spire.

Updated at 7:05 a.m. Monday.

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ST. LOUIS — Face-numbing cold on Sunday brought snow showers that are expected to continue into Monday, the National Weather Service said. All told, between 6 and 9 inches could fall in the St. Louis area, with higher accumulations to the south.

Light snow started early Sunday evening, with another round falling Monday morning, and the heaviest accumulation is expected Monday afternoon. The Presidents Day commute could be messy, but most schools and some businesses already have the day off.

The region is under a winter storm warning until Monday night at midnight, and a wind chill advisory until Tuesday at 6 a.m. Monday’s high is expected to climb to 7 degrees, just a notch above the expected overnight low of 2. Wind chills could dip to 25 below.

The weather service warns that travel could become very difficult, with hazardous conditions impacting morning and evening commutes Monday. Drivers are advised that if they must travel, they should begin their journey with a full tank of gas and carry a storm kit with them that includes a shovel, flashlight, cellphone, food, water and blankets.

If you go outside, the weather service advises dressing in layers and covering exposed skin to prevent hypothermia or frostbite. Pets should be brought inside.

Spire is urging its customers to conserve natural gas use by turning down the thermostat a few degrees and limiting use of gas fireplaces during the frigid weather.

Frozen natural gas wells in other parts of the Midwest have impacted supply, according to Spire.

The McClay Branch Library in St. Charles closed due to the cold weather and its effect on the building’s pipes, library staff said on Sunday.

The library will remain closed until further notice due to “ongoing mechanical problems caused by the extreme cold,” staff said in an email to patrons. Library holds will be extended until Feb. 22.

Other St. Charles branches will be closed Monday due to the weather, as are all St. Louis Public Library branches. St. Louis County Library branches are closed Monday for Presidents Day.

The extended cold snap has gripped the region for more than a week. Relief won’t likely come until Saturday, the first day with a predicted high above freezing since Feb. 5.

UPDATED Sunday at 3:15 p.m. with a winter storm warning.

 

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