Snow, ice cause traffic problems throughout area

ST. LOUIS – Snow and ice hit the St. Louis area overnight, causing traffic problems throughout the region Saturday morning.

NewsChannel 5 Meterologist Chester Lampkin says areas north of St. Louis received up to nine inches of snow, while areas south of the St. Louis area received around two inches of snow. The official snowfall total from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is 4.3 inches.

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The snow came on top of ice, which fell in the form of freezing rain Friday afternoon and evening. The freezing rain made it difficult for road crews to pre-treat the roads before the snowfall.

Slick roads caused many accidents overnight. A woman died early Saturday morning after hitting a semi-truck in south St. Louis.

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On Friday evening, a young driver lost control of his car, sliding into the building that houses KFMO/B-104 radio in Park Hills, Mo. The incident was unavoidable, and the driver was not injured.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, eight fatal accidents occurred in the past 24 hours. Captain Ronald Johnson of Missouri Highway Patrol reminds drivers that if it's necessary to be out, then to make sure to drive slow and leave extra room between you and the car in front. Johnson also said to make sure to wear a seat belt.

The snow and freezing rain has moved out of the area, and Saturday's high temperature is expected to be around 36 degrees.

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There are still many closings and delays throughout the area. Check out our closing alerts before heading out Saturday.


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