Winter Storm Update: What Happens Next?
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Get out those shovels, but don’t expect to see pavement just yet. Snow will continue to fall this evening and overnight.
A blizzard warning remains in effect until noon CST Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service:
- Very heavy snow is expected across northeast and central Missouri as well as southwest Illinois tonight. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will change to all snow tonight. Gusty north to northwesterly winds will cause widespread blowing and drifting snow into Wednesday morning.
- Total snowfall accumulations will range around 8 inches in the St. Louis metro area to 20 inches over central and northeast Missouri and west central Illinois.
- North to northwesterly winds will gust to 40 mph tonight and gradually diminish on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service warns that extremely hazardous road conditions from the heavy snow accumulation and extensive blowing and drifting snow will cause treacherous driving conditions into Thursday. Winds will cause the snow drift several feet deep with visibilities below 1/4 mile at times in blowing snow.
The National Weather Service issues a blizzard warning is issued when sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of over 35 mph are expected for several hours with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow.