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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - You probably don’t need a weather expert to tell you that the snow and cold that have enveloped our region are more severe than we’ve seen in years.

But that didn’t stop us from contacting Scott Truett, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, to give us a historical perspective on the storm.

He said it dropped to minus-8 at Lambert Airport Monday morning. The last time that happen was in early February of 1996, according to Truett.

Morning lows across the state ranged from minus-15 degrees at Farmington and Osage Beach, minus-14 at Jefferson City, and minus-13 at St. Charles and Rolla.

The snow that fell Sunday hit record marks as well.

“The 10.8 inches of snow we had — that’s the ninth greatest snowfall for a calendar day in the St. Louis area,” Truett said.

Looking back, the most recent record snow storm dumped 12.4 inches on the region and that happened last March. The largest in living memory was in January 1982 when 13.9 inches of snow was recorded at Lambert and 18 inches in the city of St. Louis. The record, however, is 20.4 inches that happened in March 1890.

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