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Freezing rain, more snow on the way this weekend

Should you drive today? A look at conditions from Main Street to Illinois 15

Here's a look at road conditions from Main Street in Collinsville, IL to Illinois 159 in Fairview Heights, IL and Illinois 15 in Belleville, IL on Saturday morning, Feb. 16, 2019. Snow was melting, but freezing rain is expected in the evening.
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Here's a look at road conditions from Main Street in Collinsville, IL to Illinois 159 in Fairview Heights, IL and Illinois 15 in Belleville, IL on Saturday morning, Feb. 16, 2019. Snow was melting, but freezing rain is expected in the evening.

The forecast shows more snow is on the way for the metro-east, along with freezing rain, creating slippery road conditions again.

The National Weather Service says the area could see up to 1 inch of snow, plus a light glaze of ice by Sunday morning. There is also a chance for rain and snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The winter weather started Friday afternoon, and some schools dismissed students early.

Illinois State Police responded to 41 car crashes between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday across St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Clinton and Bond counties, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page.

“Drive slower than you think you should and then drive even slower,” the post cautioned.

No fatalities were reported Friday or early Saturday, according to Illinois State Police.

The St. Louis office of the National Weather Service measured a total of 1.4 inches of snow from Friday at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Parts of Missouri saw 5 inches of snow, including Farmington and Park Hills, southwest of St. Louis.

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