ST. LOUIS – The winter storm that slammed the area on Monday brought numbing cold, ice and snow that caused the usual traffic jams, accidents and worry – but it also brought the chance for a little fun for a lucky few.
As the first snow of the season hit, some schools let out early, and some canceled classes Tuesday.
St. Louis Public Schools stayed open, as did others including Rosati-Kain High School. Students who made the icy trek to school had to brave 11-degree temperatures. But driving conditions were better Tuesday morning than the night before.
“The streets are pretty clear now,” school carpooler Darla Moore said. “Many of the people having problems are ones who are driving too fast.”
Slick spots lurk on sidewalks and roads.
Speaking to media, MoDOT said drivers should be on the lookout for black ice. Drivers should also be very careful while traveling on side streets, ramps and overpasses.
MoDOT acknowledged that they could have done a better job of getting out in front of the weather conditions.
“We don’t want to go out there and waste money. … Once it came down, we had trouble getting at it,” said Bob Becker, district maintenance engineer for MoDOT.
This is the earliest in the year that the St. Louis area has gotten measurable snowfall since 1991.