Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

S'no Kidding: Storm Swirls North to Dump on Missouri

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

S'no Kidding: Storm Swirls North to Dump on Missouri

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Winter may have a surprise this morning for St. Louis commuters who thought they had survived the season.

Up to 2 inches of snow was expected to greet early risers, the National Weather Service said, and up to 6 inches is expected by the end of the day. The snow should end by tonight.

"It's going to be a major storm," said Joe Pedigo of the weather service.

The storm developed over Texas and moved north and eastward, Pedigo said. The snow hit hardest in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Up to 18 inches of snow blanketed the area from Branson, Mo., to Cape Girardeau, Mo.

In St. Louis, street commissioner James Suelmann said late Tuesday night that crews were beginning to load tons of salt onto trucks in preparation for the morning rush hour.

"We will be ready," he said.

St. Louis County highway workers were headed out late Tuesday night to look for trouble spots. Workers were loading more than 100 trucks with salt, said dispatcher Robert Weber.

"We've got plenty of salt to handle any situation," Weber said. "We will work with a full crew until everything is clear."

The Missouri Highway Patrol and Illinois State Police advised motorists to drive with caution and leave home a little earlier than usual.

In southern Missouri on Tuesday, heavy snow snarled traffic, closed schools and caused trouble.

In Branson, about a foot of snow had fallen by late afternoon, sending drivers into ditches. Earlier, a 14-car pileup was reported on Missouri Highway 13 in Stone County, and five tractor-trailers had skidded off Missouri 13 between Reeds Spring and Galena.

"Road conditions are terrible, and many roads are impassable," said Cpl. John Walker of the Missouri Highway Patrol. "Trucks jackknifed and blocked roads everywhere."

At the Holiday Inn in Branson, more than a dozen motorists came in to get off the roads, and some people canceled reservations when the snow began, said a woman who did not want her name used. It took some drivers five hours to reach Branson from towns 30 miles away, she said. …

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