Metro-East News

Another storm could be coming our way, but officials say it’s too early to tell

The snow may have stopped falling in the biggest winter storm to hit the region in years, but metro-east residents can expect rain in the week ahead.

The National Weather Service forecast called for temperatures in the low 30s and mid 20s Monday and a high of 41 degrees Tuesday. Rain will likely start Wednesday evening and continue through Thursday morning

Then, forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of more snow beginning around 2 a.m. Saturday through Saturday night .

Sunday should be sunny with a high around 24 degrees.

Belleville and Steeleville had 8 inches of snow by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service St. Louis office. Parts of O’Fallon saw 9 inches of snow. In Missouri, Columbia got 14.5 inches.

An Illinois State Police sergeant said Monday morning the roadways were clear in the area and the agency had not responded to a major crash in the last 24 hours.

An IDOT spokeswoman was working Monday to compile crash number and other statics from over the weekend.

“It’s too far out right now to make any predictions,” St. Clair County Emergency Management Director Herb Simmons said during a Facebook live video Monday morning.

“Our job is to be prepared and that is what we are going to do,” St. Clair County Emergency Management Assistant Director Bryan Whitaker said in the same video.

Simmons said thanked all the first responders and other employees who “worked around the clock” during the storm.

They said they will be monitor next weekend’s storm starting Monday and said they would release any information they receive moving forward.

“We will keep our fingers crossed,” Simmons said.

He said his agency will take a serious look on what’s going on in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday and act accordingly.

Freddie Novosel, of Collinsville, does the “Baby Shark” dance for a car that stops at his home to find out what his snow sculpture would be. Novosel said he’s been making sculptures out of snow since the ’80s. Now, he builds them with his son. Lexi Cortes
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