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Friday, 13 December 2013 03:39

St. Louis prepares for second winter storm

   St. Louis is bracing for its next winter storm.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire metro area from noon Friday through 6:00 p.m. Saturday.  The forecast is calling for a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow.  
   That mix makes it tough for crews to get a head start by pre-treating roads.  
   St. Louis Streets Department spokesman Kent Flake told Fox 2 News there's not much the crews can do to prepare for a winter storm that starts with rain.  "Any time it rains, you can't brine, you can't pre-treat," he said.  "Anything you put on the street just washes down the drains.  So this is when we just have to sit back and wait for it to actually snow and take care of it."
   Flake says city crews and trucks are standing by, ready to begin spreading salt brine as soon as frozen precipitation begins to fall.  
   By contrast, MoDOT and IDOT officials opted to begin pre-treating roads Thursday.
   MoDOT spokesman Drew Gates says they wanted to err on the side of caution. "Just to make sure that if we do start off with some ice, that we have something on the roadway that will help start that melting process and try to keep it from locking down into the roads," Gates said. 
 
 
Published in Local News
Sunday, 08 December 2013 09:09

Missouri works to dig out from snowstorm

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A large swath of southern Missouri is working to dig out from a storm that has coated the region with a mix of snow, ice and sleet.

The National Weather Service says that from Thursday to Friday, 6 to 12 inches of snow fell in areas of the state south of Interstate 44, with some of the heaviest accumulations recorded near the Missouri-Arkansas state line.

Another storm system was forecast to hit the state overnight into Sunday, dumping 1 to 3 inches in north and west-central Missouri, with the heaviest snows near the Iowa-Missouri border. Only a dusting of snow is expected further south.

Although a wind chill advisory covering much of the southern half of the state was allowed to expire mid-morning Saturday, temperatures remain well below average today.

Published in Local News
Thursday, 05 December 2013 08:12

St. Louis braces for first snow of season

   St. Louis is bracing for the first winter storm of the season.  Snow shovels and rock salt are hot items at local hardware stores.  Shoppers are also hitting the milk, egg and bread aisles at local grocery stores.  

   Ameren has opend it's Missouri's Emergency Operations Center to prepare for severe weather that is expected to affect the bi-state area.  Ameren employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed.  As the weather develops, Ameren officials say crews will be deployed to the hardest hit areas. 

   Crews from MoDOT, IDOT and local governments are already working to keep area roadways safe.  St. Louis Streets director Todd Waelterman told Fox 2 News that city crews began Wednesday night pre-treating streets with 70,000 gallons of brine.
 
   "Now, we're going to get a big bang out of our pre-treat," Waelterman said.  "So when this does start coming down during the evening rush, we should be ahead of it."
 
   The National Weather Service is predicting one to four inches of snowfall in the city of St. Louis by Friday evening.
 
Published in Around Town
Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:43

St. Louis braces for first snow of season

   St. Louis is bracing for the first winter storm of the season.  Snow shovels and rock salt are hot items at local hardware stores.  Shoppers are also hitting the milk, egg and bread aisles at local grocery stores.  

   Ameren has opend it's Missouri's Emergency Operations Center to prepare for severe weather that is expected to affect the bi-state area.  Ameren employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed.  As the weather develops, Ameren officials say crews will be deployed to the hardest hit areas. 

   Crews from MoDOT, IDOT and local governments are already working to keep area roadways safe.  St. Louis Streets director Todd Waelterman told Fox 2 News that city crews began Wednesday night pre-treating streets with 70,000 gallons of brine.
 
   "Now, we're going to get a big bang out of our pre-treat," Waelterman said.  "So when this does start coming down during the evening rush, we should be ahead of it."
 
   The National Weather Service is predicting one to four inches of snowfall in the city of St. Louis by Friday evening.\
 
 
Published in Local News
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:09

MoDOT preparing for wintry weather

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation are preparing for expected winter weather this week.

MoDOT crews are ready to plow and treat roads as needed. They want to remind drivers that even a light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. Motorists should allow for extra time when there has been inclement weather.

One of the easiest ways to check road conditions is the MoDOT Traveler Information Map which can be found at modot.org.

MoDOT also released some tips for driving in inclement weather:

      ·Slow down.

      ·Steer and brake gently.

      ·Accelerate slowly at intersections.

      ·Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

      ·Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt.

      · Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.

      ·Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.

 

Published in Local News

   HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.

   The jet stream is much farther south than normal, allowing the cold air to push in from the Arctic and drop temperatures by 20 to 40 degrees below normal levels, AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines said Tuesday.

   Areas of Montana and the Dakotas were forecast to reach lows in the minus-20s, while parts of California could see the thermometer drop to the 20s. The icy arctic blast was expected to be followed by another one later in the week, creating an extended period of cold weather that hasn't been seen since the late 1990s, meteorologists said.

   Officials warned residents to protect themselves against frostbite if they are going to be outside for any length of time.

   "When it gets this cold, you don't need 30, 40 mile-per-hour winds to get that wind chill down to dangerous levels. All it takes is a little breeze," Kines said.

   The storm hit the northern Rockies on Monday and Tuesday, dumping up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains and in Yellowstone National Park.

   Snow and ice created hazardous driving conditions throughout the West, and were a factor in a four-vehicle crash in central Montana that killed 21-year-old Chelsea Stanfield of Great Falls. Authorities said Stanfield was driving too fast for the conditions.

   The weather also closed a stretch of Interstate 90 on Tuesday between Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyo. In eastern Oregon, authorities closed much of Interstate 84 as trucks jackknifed in the snow. Transportation authorities in Utah and Nevada reported dozens of crashes.

   In the Dakotas, cattle ranchers who lost thousands of animals in an October blizzard were bracing for the latest wintry weather, with wind chills of 40 degrees below zero expected by week's end.

   Cattle should be able to withstand the harsh conditions better than they did the Oct. 4 blizzard, said Julie Ellingson, executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association.

   "Cattle are a hardy species; they can endure a lot," she said. "With that October storm, they didn't have their winter hair coat yet. They've acquired some of that extra hair that will help insulate them better."

   The cold was expected to keep pushing south and bring near-record low temperatures to parts of California. Citrus famers in the Central Valley checked wind machines and ran water through their fields in anticipation of temperatures at or below freezing Tuesday night, followed by even colder weather on Saturday.

   However, farmers should not panic, said Bob Blakely of California Citrus Mutual, a trade association. Cold weather can be good for the crops, he said.

   "Trees and fruits need some of that cold weather to harden off and prepare for late December and January," he said.

   The system was pushing south, and Texans enjoying balmy 80-degree days should be seeing temperatures in the 40s by Thursday, Kines said.

   The cold air is expected to linger until next week then move east, where it will bring less-drastic temperature changes, he said.

Published in National News

 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents in Ventura County, Calif., who were forced to flee ahead of a wind-driven wildfire are being allowed to return home this morning.

 Residents in some 80 homes had to evacuate when a windy storm swept through the state and fanned flames. Two homes were destroyed.

The same storm system is threatening to leave up to 20 inches of snow in Colorado's mountains and up to 11 inches in the Denver area.

In Arizona, gusty winds created a dusty haze and closed 34 miles of Interstate 40 in the northern part of the state for several hours. And at least four people were injured in a pileup involving two semi-trucks.

Published in National News
Monday, 25 March 2013 06:42

Sunday snow was a record breaker

It probably won't come as a surprise to many in the metro area, but the spring snowstorm that blanketed St. Louis Sunday set a record. It was the deepest one-day snowfall in March according to the National Weather Service.

The official snow total at Lambert Airport was 12.4 inches, beating the old record by three-tenths of an inch, and snow is still falling this morning.

That old record of 12.1 inches dates back to March 24, 1912.
Published in Around Town
Monday, 25 March 2013 04:47

Sunday snow was a record breaker

It probably won't come as a surprise to many in the metro area, but the spring snowstorm that blanketed St. Louis Sunday set a record. It was the deepest one-day snowfall in March according to the National Weather Service.

The official snow total at Lambert Airport was 12.4 inches, beating the old record by three-tenths of an inch, and snow is still falling this morning.

That old record of 12.1 inches dates back to March 24, 1912.
Published in Local News
The all clear was given to staff at KOMU-TV to return to the station after there was a threat of its tower toppling from heavy snow.

Heavy snow and high winds were considered dangerous by station engineers on its nearby tower. Staff members were cleared from the building around 10am Sunday as a precaution.

This interrupted their coverage of he storm that is blanketing the area.
Published in Local News
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