Here we go again. After a warm and spring like Sunday afternoon, winter is returning to the St. Louis area with a vengence.
About 3:00 Monday morning, the National Weather Service in St. Louis canceled a wind advisory that had been set to expire at 6 a.m. Winds had dropped to between 15 and 25 mph with gust up to 35 mph, below the threshold for an advisory.
Nevertheless, the strong northwest winds are pushing a powerful arctic cold front through the region. Wind chills are still expected to dip below zero by morning. Some schools have already cancelled classes for Monday.
The wind is being blamed for causing spotty power outages across the St. Louis metro area. As of 3 a.m., Ameren is reporting more than 3,300 St. Louis area customers without power -- about 1,000 in Missouri. The rest are in the metro-east, most in St. Clair County. That's down from nearly 9,000 around midnight.