The largest spring snowstorm in recent memory isn't over yet.
Another inch of snow or more is in the forecast for Monday, a day after the storm dumped as much as 15 inches of snow on the region.
There's a 50 percent chance of snow showers through the morning and afternoon, with the mercury hovering near the freezing mark. That's because the storm, which has moved eastward, is still spinning, bring some flurries to the area.
The storm caused the postponement of the opening day of races scheduled for Tuesday at Fairmount Park. The track announced the first day of races has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, which was an originally scheduled racing date. Tuesday's race date will be rescheduled at a later date.
The storm also forced many schools in the metro-east to close. Monday was the third snow day this semester at Southwestern Illinois College's metro-east campuses. Lindenwood University in Belleville also canceled classes Monday. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville canceled day classes Monday but planned to reopen at 4:30 p.m. Monday for evening classes.
A check presentation originally scheduled Monday night at Millstadt was canceled. Millstadt farmer Kenneth Weilbacher was to officially present two checks for $2,500 to St. James Catholic School and Millstadt Township Senior Services, at St. James Catholic School Parish Center. The funding is from Monstanto Fund's America's Grow Communities program to support communities that were declared disaster areas due to the recent drought.
The snow that fell throughout the metropolitan area Sunday set a record for the month of March. The National Weather Service recorded 12.4 inches of snow between midnight Sunday and midnight Monday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, making it the snowiest March day on record tracing back to 1891. Meteorologist Julie Phillipson said Sunday's snowfall beat the previous March record, which ironically was set on the same day, March 24, in 1912. Phillipson said some areas in western and central Illinois recorded 17 inches of snow.
"For the 24-hour period ranging from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, St. Louis had 12.6 inches, which ranks as No. 6 in the top 10 snowfalls during any 24-hour period in the St. Louis region," Phillipson said.
Many of the main roads in the metro-east appeared to be mostly cleared of snow, while side streets and sidewalks were snow-covered or only partially cleared. Few traffic incidents were reported Monday after the record snowfall. The fact that the brunt of the storm fell on Sunday, a traditional non-work day, helped keep accidents down, officials said.
Many metro-east communities reported no traffic problems on Monday morning as many roadways had been plowed and cleared for the beginning of work week.
Edwardsville Police Lt. Jeff Mills said officers were called to help motorists stuck in the snow, but no injuries were reported.
"All we had (Sunday) were six motorist assists and one traffic accident," Mills said.
It appears the snow will be with us through midweek at the earliest; the high will reach close to 40 on Tuesday, the mid-40s on Wednesday, the low 50s on Thursday and Friday, and near 60 on Easter weekend.
The Illinois Department of Transportation was reporting patches of ice and snow on all the major highways in the metro-east, with snow- or ice-covered conditions on interstates to the north and east of the region, stretching nearly to Chicago in the north.
As of Monday morning, MetroLink trains were reportedly running on time, despite some interruptions in service at the height of the storm Sunday.
Motorists should use care during their commute, allowing extra time to reach their destinations. Pedestrians should also take care on snow-covered or recently plowed parking lots and sidewalks.