Expected ice storm fizzles out; warm-up on the way

News-DemocratFebruary 17, 2014 

An anticipated ice storm Monday morning was intense for parts of the metro-east, but, fortunately, it was short-lived.

And today, it will feel more like spring, with an expected high near 60.

Rising temperatures caused the glaze that coated roads to disappear and plow crews scattered road salt across the region.

"I think we ended up being pretty lucky," Madison County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Burns said. "I came in at 5 a.m., which I think was at the worst of it. The car was pretty iced over by the time I got here. But the main roads were in pretty good shape. Then it started to warm up. I think the worst of it is behind us."

Madison County reported a couple of minor crashes but no injuries due to the weather. In St. Clair County there was less freezing rain. Belleville police said they didn't have any problems with weather related crashes.

Roads started to thaw by 9 a.m. when the temperature reached the freezing point, 32 degrees. The temperature reached 35 by 11 a.m., 37 by noon and a high of 42 by the middle of the afternoon.

Most public schools are closed Monday due to the Presidents' Day holiday which prevented a difficult decision from most district leaders.

Mascoutah School District 19 had planned to be open Monday to make up for a snow day taken earlier in the school year. But school leaders late Sunday decided to close district schools because of the forecast for Monday.

According to a message on the district's website, Superintendent Craig Fiegel said he would discuss with the school board the options about if or when to make up additional lost days.

The temperature will drop back down to 27 Monday night. On Tuesday the high is expected to be 58 under sunny skies. A high of 53 is expected Wednesday and the mercury is forecast to reach 61 Thursday.

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