Icy conditions turned roads into a slippery mess Monday morning. Police are seeing multiple crashes, but so far no serious injuries.
Authorities are urging drivers to stay off the roads because of the widespread freezing. Schools and government offices have taken the day off.
Metro suspended its buses on the Missouri side for a few hours due to “treacherous road conditions.” Some Metro bus routes in Illinois were grounded too.
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At St. Louis Lambert International Airport, freezing rain brought the airport to a halt overnight. Runways were closed early Monday morning and numerous flights were canceled or delayed. One runway has reopened.
St. Louis and St. Louis County both closed government offices Monday; some city staff were asked to work remotely.
The St. Louis Circuit Court downtown and the St. Louis County Court in Clayton are also closed Monday. People summoned for jury duty Monday were told to come Tuesday instead.
City fire officials also urged people to stay inside. Most of the fire calls Monday morning were for people who had fallen after slipping on icy walkways.
The University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis University, and Washington University’s Danforth Campus all switched to online classes for the day. Any faculty and staff who could work remotely were asked to do so.
St. Luke’s Hospital closed four urgent care locations for the day — in Arnold, Chesterfield, Des Peres, and Ladue. The General Motors plant in Wentzville canceled one shift, according to the union.
CIC, which manages three local lab and coworking spaces, was closed for the day, but researchers could still access the buildings with keycards. The Cortex Innovation District remained open.
The freezing rain started around 2 a.m. Monday when it was about 31 degrees, according to readings taken at Lambert airport by the National Weather Service. And there has been a total of about 0.10 inches of freezing rain in six hours.
Forecasters say the high temperature Monday could reach 34 or 35.
Mark Fuchs, senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. for the area including St. Louis city and Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
The winter weather advisory will last until 9 p.m. for St. Clair, Madison and Monroe counties in the Metro East, Fuchs said.
The forecast calls for rain all day Monday but it’s unclear when it will stop freezing. Fuchs explained that that depends on the surface temperature and not just air temperature.
Forecasters said a glaze of ice could stick around for the evening commute, particularly in areas along and east of the Mississippi River.
Temperatures should warm up Tuesday, with a high expected to reach 44. On Wednesday, it could reach 50 degrees, and Thursday 53. Rain is likely each day.