More snow, sleet coming Monday afternoon; MoDOT warns residents to stay home today

MoDOT is asking St. Louis area residents to stay off the roads if possible and work from home because more winter weather is on the way.

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December 16, 2019 - 8:12 am

ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - The winter weather is expected to pick up in intensity again on Monday as many area schools are already closed and MoDOT warning St. Louis area residents to stay off the roads. 

AccuWeather meteorologist Dean DeVore says the total snow and sleet accumulations from Sunday through into Monday evening is expected to be between four and eight inches. The National Weather Service says on Monday alone the total snowfall in downtown will between three and six inches.

Downtown St. Louis will be among the hardest-hit areas as the NWS is predicting the next round of snow to fall between 10 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Farther south, freezing rain is expected. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect across the region through midnight tonight.

Related: WINTER STORM WARNING: Freezing drizzle gives way to more snow Monday morning 

Missouri State Highway Patrol's Dallas Thompson says on Sunday, troopers in the St. Louis area fielded 489 calls for service, including 124 stranded motorists, and 189 crashes and four deaths were reported.

Monday morning, the calls slowed Thompson says with no injuries or fatalities, as of 6 a.m. 

MoDOT district engineer Bob Croarkin says more than 200 trucks are out, plowing snow and dropping chemicals. He suggests that the afternoon drive may be worse than this morning's, so he is asking people to work from home if possible. But if you must venture out. 

"We ask that people give (plow drivers) plenty of room when they are coming around," Croarkin says. "And be careful. Stay behind us if you can and if you need to get around us be careful, be cautious. Because that's a huge concern, we don't want anybody getting hurt."

As for Illinois' roads, Joe Monroe with IDOT says they're actually in pretty good shape. He joined our partner station KMOX to say they're still putting treatment down on roads to get ready for the next wave of the storm. Yesterday's snow hit more to the north in Madison County, which is where they focused their efforts. 

Monroe says you may see some of IDOT's trucks on the road putting down treatment before the next wave of the storm hits. He also warns that drivers need to be careful on bridges and overpasses.

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