Live updates; Snowstorm & road condition news in IL

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Weather service precautions commuters

The National Weather Service in St. Louis reports that snowfall has been lighter than expected, but cautions area residents about road conditions.

Parts of our area have been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, while other sections remain under a winter storm warning.

“Regardless, with much of the area experiencing Accumulating snowfall over the next several hours, impacts are expected on untreated surfaces during the morning commute,” the weather service reported in a morning forecast discussion update. “This will primarily be the case over southeastern and northeastern Missouri, as well as southwestern Illinois where previously forecasted accumulation and our Winter Storm remain on track.”

Three bridges mostly covered with snow

The Chain of Rocks, Jefferson Barracks and Clark bridges over the Mississippi River were mostly covered with snow, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Interstate 64 at the Poplar Street Bridge was partially covered with snow.

Check gettingaroundillinois.com for more information.

—Mike Koziatek, mkoziatek@bnd.com

St. Clair County reports vehicles sliding off roads

A vehicle was in a ditch at Illinois 15 westbound and Illinois 159 in Belleville and a vehicle slid off the road on Illinois 15 at Illinois 13, the St. Clair County Emergency management Agency reported shortly before 6 am Wednesday.

—Mike Koziatek, mkoziatek@bnd.com

St. Louis City roads partially covered

For the latest St. Louis City road conditions, check online at the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The winter storm warning for St. Louis City, St. Louis County and some surrounding areas has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory. The advisory is set to end 6 pm Wednesday.

As of 6 am Wednesday, MoDOT listed I-64 West and other St. Louis City interstates as “partly covered,” indicating the roads are 50% to 75% covered. While roads have received some treatment, snow or ice cover significant portions.

A vehicle crash was reported on I-70 Eastbound past Adelaide Avenue at 6:02 am The right lane is closed, and drivers should expect delays for about one hour, MoDOT says. The incident begins 0.9 miles before Adelaide Avenue East and ends 0.36 miles after Prairie Avenue East.

The National Weather Service St. Louis office wrote in a tweet around 5 am snowfall amounts are less than expected around the metro due to rain taking longer to transition to snow.

The morning commute is still expected to be hazardous, and those who must drive are advised to take caution.

— Meredith Howard, mhoward@bnd.com

St. Clair County buildings closed

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern decided Tuesday to allow all county buildings to close for the day Wednesday in anticipation of the snow.

The announcement was posted on the county website and social media Tuesday night.

Belleville closes city offices

The city of Belleville announced Tuesday night that municipal offices will be closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

This story was originally published January 25, 2023 6:50 AM.

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