Metro-East News

Slippery roads force evening commuters to drive cautiously during Friday snowfall

Snow began falling in the metro-east about 1 p.m. Friday as 1 to 3 inches of accumulation were predicted in the St. Louis region.

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the National Weather Service said in a winter weather advisory. “The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.”

The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency warned drivers that an overpass on Illinois 161 at Schoenberger Creek between Belleville and Fairview Heights was iced over.

At 6:30 p.m., Illinois State Police District 11 posted that troopers had responding to at least 41 car accidents on roads and highways all over the district, which covers Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties. “Please, slow down,” the post cautioned before offering safe driving tips.

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s District 8 said that snow clearing trucks were out in all of its counties. The post said that there had been reports of “spotty” snow coverage on bridges in the metro-east and cautioned drivers to give plow operators room to work on the roads.

Belleville West and Belleville East high schools closed an hour early at 2:30 p.m.

The weather advisory ends at midnight Friday. Additional light snow accumulations as well as a light glazing of ice are expected on Saturday night into Sunday.

This storm is not predicted to produce as much snow as the Friday, Jan. 11 storm that yielded 9 to 12 inches in the St. Louis metro area.

For more school closings, check out the list at KSDK-Channel 5.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.