Winter Storm Hits St. Louis Area
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the St. Louis area. The warning is in effect until 3:00 pm on Sunday.
The bi-state is experiencing heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions.
The snow is expected to continue into Sunday evening.
The NWS is calling for accumulations of six to 10 inches across the St. Louis metro.
Winds out of the north at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph will cause near blizzard conditions at times, with visibility dropping to a quarter mile or less due to blowing snow.
The NWS warns that roadways will quickly become treacherous in the heavy snow and says that blowing and drifting snow will cause some rural roads to become impassable.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Britt says from late Sunday into Tuesday, you can expect wind chills of -20 to -30 degrees.
Officials are warning residents to not travel in the area on Sunday unless absolutely necessary.
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The City of St. Louis Health Department released the following tips for staying safe in extreme cold temperatures:
- Dress in layers, both inside and outside
- Wear a hat and gloves, and try to have as little exposed skin as possible
- Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite
- Use caution when walking outdoors to avoid slipping on snow and ice
- Keep homes at a minimum of 60 degrees
- Avoid using alternative heating sources because of risk of fire and carbon monoxide
- Be sure to check on elderly neighbors, or anyone else you know who may be in need of assistance
Heat-Up St. Louis is helping area seniors and the disabled with their winter heating bills, they and qualified area low-income households should call 314-241-7668, or log onto www.heatupstlouis.org.
For information on warming sites, you can contact United Way Greater St. Louis Information Referral line at 1-800-427-4626 or dial 2-1-1.