Week in Review: Polar vortex hits STL, snow brings woes

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – From snowstorms to polar vortex to a "mommy apocalypse" and the rise of a "golden nugget," this week has seen its fair share of cold, pains and joys.

With so much covered in the past week, we thought it would be wise to review the week that was and look toward what could happen.

Winter hammered St. Louis with record snowfall that started Sunday morning. The storm not only cancelled flights, but it seemed to have shut down the bi-state region altogether.

So it snowed

And then it snowed a little bit more ...

And then, gears switched from storm preparations to recovery and relief with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation and other road crews working to make sure that the roads were safe and secure.

But it wasn't easy to move around, and the weather left many snowed in for a couple of days.

The snow wasn't the only thing that blew through the area as the coldest temperatures seen in decades came and brought subzero temperatures.

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The temperatures and snow combined only caused greater stress with cleaning streets and bursting pipes.

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Then, there was a major shakeup in the sports world, heading into the Olympics: Lindsey Vonn to miss Sochi Olympics.

Just when it seemed things could start getting back to normal, we got more snow.

That made another tough day of traffic and road conditions.

It also meant several schools wouldn't open their doors this week.

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But then the major roads got clear, and the residential roads, well, they weren't the clearest in the City of St. Louis or other parts, but road crews worked around the clock to get them cleared.

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Even though, it seemed roads could get treacherous from all of the snow and so could flooding conditions of homes.

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The week wasn't all woes and weary, though.

The St. Louis Blues moved closer to being the No. 1 team in the Central Division.

And one-time Missourian Gracie Gold is looking to claim a national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Not to mention, she's hoping to be a part of TEAM USA at the Sochi Winter Olympics, which is only 26 days away.


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