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Sleet and snow hit parts of St. Louis region, causing numerous closures

Sleet and snow hit parts of St. Louis region, causing numerous closures

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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis area saw another wintry mix of sleet and snow Wednesday, with the latest round prompting businesses, government buildings and schools throughout the region to close.

Forecast for St. Louis metro

The National Weather Service posted this graphic on its Facebook page after 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

Sleet and snow hit the metro area shortly before noon Wednesday, with the most snow accumulation west and northwest of St. Louis, National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Byrd said.

While parts of St. Louis city saw no snow on the ground, Troy, Missouri, about an hour to the northwest, saw 2.5 inches, and Jerseyville, an hour north in Illinois, saw 3 inches by the afternoon, Byrd said.

There were about 15 to 20 weather-related auto accidents on slushy roads in the metro area from 1 to 3 p.m., but streets were in better shape before the evening rush hour, Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Bob Becker said.

Troopers with the Missouri Highway Patrol in the St. Louis region also responded to a few reports of vehicles sliding off roads, but there was not a significant increase in crashes through the region, Cpl. Juston Wheetley said.

The weather service cancelled its winter storm warning Wednesday afternoon, but a winter weather advisory remained in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. Wednesday evening, only light snow was reported, and the forecast called for less than half an inch.

At St. Louis Lambert International Airport, there were about 70 flight delays and cancellations by the afternoon, but the conditions at the airport were fine with no snow on the ground, airport spokesman Jeff Lea said Wednesday afternoon. Many of the cancellations were preemptive or related to weather in other cities.

In central Missouri, the storm contributed to a dramatic multivehicle pileup that included several semitractor-trailers that temporarily shut down westbound lanes on an Interstate 70 bridge near Columbia. At least one person was taken to a hospital with injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

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