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Rain turned to snow Saturday, windy conditions through the night

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With most of the snow from last weekend’s snow storm melted off, the area received a little bit of snow on Saturday.

The weather system that moved through the St. Louis and metro-east area brought rain overnight. According to the National Weather Service, 0.59 inches of rain fell at Scott Air Force Base.

After rain turned to snow about 1 p.m., only half an inch to three quarters of an inch of snow fell in the metro-east, as the storm shifted to the south, the weather service said.

The snow led to slick driving conditions further south in the state. Interstate 57 between Interstate 64 and North Rend Lake Rest Area had to be closed because of wrecks the road, WJBD reported.

Windy conditions are expected throughout the night. National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Carney said 20 mph winds are expected to continue with gusts reaching up to 35 mph. Winds are expected to drop to 10 to 15 mph by 6 a.m.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 15 degrees on Sunday, according to the weather service.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referendums.


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