Governor declares state of emergency as storm enters St. Louis areaMonday, January 31, 2011
UPDATED 4:07 p.m. Monday with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration of a state of emergency and details on National Guard members dispatched to St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS • A "potentially historic" winter storm is bearing down on the St. Louis region, with forecasters predicting a dangerous blend of ice, sleet, rain, high winds, bitter cold and perhaps 20 inches of snow.
Parts of St. Louis area could see an up to one-inch layer of ice before the snow moves into the area, according to the National Weather Service. Ice build-up on power lines is likely to cause power outages when high winds gusting up to 40 mph blow through.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported about 170 canceled inbound and outbound flights this afternoon and that no more flights would depart after 3:30 p.m. Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said several airlines are preemptively canceling flights ahead of the storm. The airport has nearly 500 departures and arrivals each day. For more information about how the storm is affecting transportation around St. Louis, go here.
Forecasters say brace for the worst: a "potentially historic" winter storm packing a punch of ice, followed by heavy snow and severely cold temperatures.
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