Mother nature took her best shot at the River Bend with several inches of snow, school closings and plenty of slick roads on Thursday.  Highway crews tried to keep up with the snow and sleet but the rate of precipitation was steady early in the afternoon with up to six inches of snow and sleet falling in just a few hours.  

Motorists who had to work on Thursday morning spent extra time on the roadways coming home Thursday afternoon, some spending time in a ditch or two pulled out by other drivers, tow trucks or first responders.  There have been no reports of serious accidents or injuries due to the bad weather.  School kids spent part of the day outside enjoying the first significant snow of the season, and those who were off of school on Thursday are off again today.  A number of businesses in the River Bend closed early allowing employees to get home safely, although grocery stores still saw a brisk business especially Thursday morning.  

Snowfall totals from the National Weather Service indicate most areas saw at least five inches of snow and sleet on Thursday:

Alton - 6.0
Godfrey - 5.8
Grafton - 6.0
Wood River - 6.3
Jerseyville - 5.2
Carlinville - 6.5
Granite City - 5.5
St. Louis (Lambert Airport) - 5.7

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