Winter Headlines Early Thursday Morning
KSDK--A major winter storm is pounding the middle part of the country today. More than a dozen states including Missouri and Illinois have winter weather warnings or advisories in effect right now.
Parts of Iowa already have move than a foot of snow on the ground with strong winds blowing and drifting the snow. Snow is spreading into the northwestern parts of Missouri this morning and will spread east during the day.
Temperatures will drop from the 50s in the metro St. Louis area this morning into the upper 20s by 5pm. Snow showers will leave light accumulations, especially on the grass around the metro area by this evening. Heaviest snowfall is expected between 12:30pm and 1:30 pm. Two or three inches of snow is possible farther north.
As the snowfall melts and temperatures tumble there is concern for possible ice on roadways, bridges, and overpasses tonight/tomorrow morning. Motorists should excercise caution while traveling.
Winds may gust to around 55mph later today as the cold air rushes in. Wind advisories are in effect for most of the area, with high wind warnings for Clay and Effingham counties in Illinois.
Temperatures by Friday morning will be in the teens and lower 20s with wind chills in the single digits. Skies will clear overnight.