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After there were some slick conditions in metro-east on Thursday, expect snow over the weekend.
The National Weather Service expects 1 to 3 inches of snow to fall on the St. Louis-area on Saturday night into Sunday, mainly before noon.
On Thursday, there was enough precipitation to make roads and sidewalks slippery, according to the weather service.
Illinois State Police responded to eight crashes between midnight Wednesday and Thursday morning as ice began to hit the region, according to Trooper Josh Korando. He said there were minor injuries in two of the accidents and no fatalities.
Commuters had a light glaze of ice Thursday but little or no snow and sleet, according to the National Weather Service.
Several schools in the metro-east canceled classes for the day Thursday because of the conditions, including Belleville District 201, Highland District 5, Cahokia Unit School 187, Chester 139, Dupo District 196, Freeburg Community High School, Collinsville Unit 10, Signal Hill District 181, Belle Valley District 119, Belleville District 118 and East St. Louis District 189.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville also closed its campuses in Edwardsville, Alton and East St. Louis.
The high temperature are expected to reach low to mid 40s on Friday and Saturday.
The high temperature on Sunday is expected to be in the mid 20s.