St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The winter storm may have moved out of the St. Louis area, but as it pushes toward the East Coast, it is causing problems for air travel.
Lambert canceled over 130 flights Sunday, and today there are already nearly 30 cancellations as of 6 AM. That number could rise throughout the day as the storm arrives east.
Lambert encourages travelers to check with air carriers before heading out the door.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The first wave of a winter storm moved through the metro area late Saturday night.
Freezing drizzle started falling late Saturday evening and caused slick spots on side streets, neighborhoods, and parking lots. That freezing drizzle transitioned to sleet in the early morning hours of Sunday.
Precipitation will return in waves Sunday. A break in the snow and sleet is expected late morning into the early afternoon before the snow ramps up. Metro St. Louis should expect mostly snow, with a mix of snow and sleet expecter further south. There could be isolated periods of heave snow late Sunday.
This storm will be followed up by near record cold for March. Overnight lows should at or just above zero Monday night into Tuesday morning.
The winter storm that's expected to blow through Missouri is already causing some schools to cancel classes for Tuesday. That includes the University of Missouri main campus in Columbia.
Monday evening, University officials announced the "full closure of the MU campus." Only university employees who are "situationally critical" should report for work.
Forecasters are predicting up to 8-inches of snowfall in the Columbia, Missouri area. Gary Ward, interim vice chancellor for administrative services says university officials were concerned because students, faculty and staff would be traveling to and from campus during the heaviest snowfall.
Ward says university administrators will decide by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday whether its safe enough to reopen on Wedensday.
Missouri Department of Transportation officials are advising Missourians to stay home during tomorrow's storm and have issued a "no travel advisory".
In a release, MoDOT says that once the storm arrives, travel will quickly become dangerous. A MoDOT engineer says that once the snow starts falling, it will be easier for plows to clear roads if there are fewer vehicles on the streets. This storm is expected to shape up much like heavy snow that fell last year.
MoDOT officials say the problems on roads were compounded last year when employers sent workers home early--the additional cars slowed traffic in many areas to a standstill.