Metro-East News

Light winter weather to roll through St. Louis area this weekend

Yet another wave of winter weather is expected to roll through southwestern Illinois and central Missouri this weekend.

After a couple of false starts earlier this week, the National Weather Service predicts that a winter storm system will roll through the area Saturday. Light freezing rain is expected Friday night after midnight, with little to no accumulation.

On Saturday, a winter storm system will bring snow, sleet and freezing rain throughout the day and evening with minor accumulations.

Temperatures were warmer Friday with a high of 56 degrees and a low of 29 degrees Friday night. Saturday and Sunday are expected to have highs of 30-31 degrees, with warmer temperatures next week — up to 47 degrees Tuesday.

The worst of Winter Storm Mateo is already east of St. Louis, with schools closed and up to 6 inches of snow expected in Chicago and the Great Lakes region. Hundreds of flights have been canceled at O’Hare and Midway airports, and another 200 flights have been canceled in Detroit.

“Make no mistake about it: This is a heavy snow, heavier than we have seen in a number of winters,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Weather Channel on Thursday. “Now Chicago is used to this. On the other hand, over the last winters, we haven’t had a snow at this level. And it is not just one night — it is going to go through the weekend.”

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald