A winter storm warning was expected to go into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with up to 7 inches of snow expected to make for tricky commutes Thursday morning and evening, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.
Between 5-7 inches of snow was expected in the storm, the third bout of wintry weather since the beginning of November for the metro-east.
Wet snow was expected to affect Thursday morning and evening commutes, the weather service predicted. Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions. Travel could remain hazardous throughout Thursday afternoon as the snow eventually tapers off in the evening. The winter storm warning will last until 6 p.m. Thursday.
The storm warning affected counties including Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington. Communities including Belleville, Cahokia, Centralia, Chester, Salem, Sparta and Vandalia were expected to be impacted by the storm.
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A few school districts had already canceled school for Thursday by 9 p.m. Wednesday, including:
- Belleville districts 118 and 201
- Belle Valley
- Red Bud
- Alton district 11
- East Alton districts 13 and 14
- Granite City
- East St. Louis district 189
- Pontiac William Holliday
The weather service predicted snow will develop from the south and move northward overnight. The snow should taper off Thursday night as the storm moves from southwest to northeast.