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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Winter weather wreaked havoc on most major roadways in the St. Louis area overnight.

A few inches of dry snow fell, but blustery wind kept plows working overtime with little to show for it.

“It’s a matter of repetition,” said David Wrone, spokesman for the St. Louis County Highway Department. “You get a lane cleared, but a half-an-hour to an hour later its recovered.”

“With the temperatures as cold as they are, the salt is not very effective,” explained Becky Almeroth, with MoDot. “We’ve had to add some beet juice and calcium chloride to that salt.”

Several accidents were reported during the morning rush hour. A semi jack-knifed on Interstate 44 near Six Flags shutting down the eastbound lanes. Meanwhile, the ramp off of Interstate 64 at Kingshighway in the city was so icy police had to shut it down, leaving a long line of commuters waiting in the exit lane.

Several slide-offs occurred, but the Missouri State Highway Patrol did not have any immediate reports of fatalities.

Lambert Airport in St. Louis reported a few cancellations and delays, but most flights were arriving and departing on time.

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