Metro-East News

Warmer temperatures will lower risk of icy road conditions during metro-east commute

A Winter Weather Advisory continued throughout the metro-east Thursday morning, but forecasters said warmer temperatures and light rainfall lessened the chance of dangerous conditions.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a Winter Weather Advisory on Wednesday that continued into Thursday morning that warned of icy roads, freezing rain and slippery conditions.

The advisory, which began on Wednesday night, warned of ice accumulations and difficult travel conditions during Thursday morning's commute.

Thursday morning temperatures, however, were in the mid-30's, lessening the chance of freezing rain, meteorologist Doug Tilly said.

Tilly said throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning, temperatures were hovering at freezing but stayed high enough to limit the possibility of freezing rain and icy conditions.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, temperatures reached 34 degrees in the metro-east.

Throughout Thursday, temperatures were expected to continue to rise. Thursday evening, Tilly said, another round of rain was expected to begin and last through Thursday night.

"Our main concern is another round of heavy rain, but it doesn't look like it will be enough for widespread flooding concerns," Tilly said.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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