“Meteorologists nailed this. The storm came in hot and heavy. We endured four or five hours of heavy snow.”
All “essential maintenance personnel” were still required to report for work.
You may have heard of the phenomenon known as “thundersnow.” But have you ever heard of “thundersleet?”
Sleet, snow and ice hitting St. Louis has kept more than 138 arriving flights and 128 departing airplanes on the ground today.
Missouri roads will be dicey from 9 a.m. on Thursday through Friday morning.
National Weather Service says 2-4 inches accumulation was the norm.
MoDOT’s maintenance engineer Becky Allmeroth says the department is not taking the current forecast of 1-to-3 inches of snow at face value.
High winds and blowing snow are adding to driving difficulties.
Department spokesman David Wrone says they’ll be ready to fire up the plow trucks as soon as the first flake falls.
An autopsy is planned.