The first weekend of spring included wild weather extremes. Saturday it was sunny and in the mid 50's with bikers on the roads, joggers on the sidewalks and kids on the ball fields. Sunday, more than a foot of snow fell across the River Bend and northern parts of the St. Louis metro area forcing schools to close today and drivers being urged to take their time if they have to be out today.
The roads are snow and slush covered across the River Bend this morning, with the main roads being in the best condition. Side roads and subdivisions may have one lane plowed, but it's snow-packed. More than 100 flights were cancelled from Lambert Airport in St. Louis on Sunday, and more could be cancelled today as the storm system moves east. Call ahead or check on-line with your airline to determine your flight status.
Here are some local storm totals so far from the National Weather Service:
Lambert Airport in St. Louis - 12.4 inches (A new record) Scott Air Force Base - 5.5 inches Alton - 11 inches Hamburg - 12.5 inches Jerseyville - 13.5 inches Bunker Hill - 11.3 inches Ramsey, IL - 11 inches Godfrey - 15.3 inches Elsah - 13.5 inches Carlinville - 11.5 inches Columbia, IL - 6.5 inches St. Peters, MO - 13.5 inches Edwardsville - 10 inches Steelville, MO - 4 inches Quincy, IL - 5.8 inches Springfield, IL - 18.5 inches