Snow, then cold: Mercury will take nosedive overnight

News-DemocratFebruary 5, 2014 

Frigid temperatures are following the latest winter storm to hit the metro-east.

After the Tuesday storm brought up to 5 inches of fresh snow to the metro-east, residents will have to contend with dropping temperatures as they dig out.

The temperature will drop close to zero by dawn Thursday, when the high is expected to reach 13 degrees in the afternoon. The mercury is expected to drop back to 1 below zero overnight.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported 4.4 inches of snow from the storm, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Byrd. Cahokia had 3.5 inches, Belleville and Collinsville got 4 inches and Wood River had 5.

Roads were treacherous Wednesday because blowing snow propelled by wind gusts of up to 17 miles an hour covered them, in many cases, as soon as they could be plowed. Also, cold temperatures limited the effectiveness of ice-melting chemicals. On Wednesday, the high temperature topped out at 22.

More snow could be in store for the metro-east this weekend.

There is a 40 percent chance of more snow Friday when the high will reach 20 and the low will be 14, Byrd said. The possibility of snow will continue into Saturday when the high will reach 26 and the low will be 12.

Byrd said the forecast does not yet indicate how much snow could be in store for the weekend.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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