IDOT’s tips for driving in winter weather
About 1-3 inches of snow had reached the metro-east area Sunday morning against a backdrop of high winds and dangerous wind chill temperatures expected later.
According to the National Weather Service, snow, winds could reach up to 26 mph. The low overnight Sunday was predicted to be 4 degrees.
The snow had ened about 1 p.m. in the region. The area had been under a winter weather advisory and a hazardous weather outlook since midnight Saturday.
“A storm system will bring 1-4 inches of snow to the region today,” the NWS report stated. “The snow will make travel hazardous at times, so use extra caution when driving today.”
Highways had been cleared by 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the region, including Interstates 44, 64, 70 and 255. The Metro Transit system reported that all of its routes had been working without delay. Amtrack out of St. Louis was running as normal.
The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency had reported several minor car accidents, including one where a car slid into a train crossing. But no major accidents were reported.
The weather service also reported dangerously cold wind chill temperatures to happen Sunday night, reaching at least -15 to -20 degrees. A wind chill advisory is in place from midnight until 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
“Avoid being outside during the coldest part of the night,” the report stated. “If you must go outside, cover exposed skin and dress in layers to help stay warm.”
Scott Air Force Base announced it would be closing its Mid-America Gate, also known as the Cardinal Creek Gate, due to the predicted extreme temperatures and asked its Monday morning commuters to only use the Shiloh and Belleville gates.
There were many closings, mostly churches, due to the snowfall and bad roads.