Katelyn Chostner, Editor-in-Chief
The University of Missouri–St. Louis closed its campus Jan. 11 and 12 due to predicted snowfall in the St. Louis area. This prediction turned into a large amount of snow which closed highways and stranded drivers.
Many other schools, colleges and businesses shut their doors due to the warnings from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). MoDOT warned drivers not to travel and even temporarily closed several parts of Metro Interstates, U.S. highways and multiple St. Louis exits during and after the snowfall.
MoDOT was not the only company warning Missouri travelers. The Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) gave their warning through their Facebook account Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. “Winter weather will be making its way to Missouri today and could last through the weekend… Take it slow, pay attention, and buckle up,” said MHP.
Their Facebook account kept residents of Missouri up-to-date with the amount of responses they performed. With four posts throughout the weekend snowfall, the final result was posted. According to MHP, there were 3918 calls for service, 1790 stranded motorists, 878 crashes, 57 injuries and 4 fatalities. The end of the post pleaded with people saying, “PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL.”
The snowfall ended Saturday around midafternoon with the total amount of snow reported in St. Louis being 10.9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the total reported snowfall for Jan. 11 ended up being 7.8 inches which came close to the record of the 11 inches of snowfall Jan. 11, 1909. Saturday, Jan. 12, brought another 3.1 inches. The record snowfall of Jan. 12 happened in 1964 with a record of 5.1 inches.
During January of last year, Missouri had only 1.2 inches of snow reported. This snowfall has knocked last year’s record out of the park. There is still more winter ahead for Missouri to endure.
While the snow proved difficult for drivers, it offered an outside activity for those willing to brave the cold. Many families who stayed home decided to build massive snowmen.
KSDK showcased Missourian’s snow masterpieces with photos that were sent in by their owners. Some of the snowmen consisted of Birdbox imitations, a Cardinals baseball snowman, a giant turtle and an “Aloha Snow-woman.” The largest snowman on the list was a 19.5 foot in Cuba, Missouri built by Rosendo and Jose Romo.
With a snow-free week, people in Missouri started to dig out their cars and shovel their driveways in hopes of not doing so for another year. But they can expect another snowfall Jan. 17 and 18.
According to MoDOT, “More winter weather is expected to hit Missouri Friday through Saturday. Please plan travel accordingly.”
MoDOT also urged people to check their website for their Traveler Information Map before they travel. This map shows all delays and closings on any Missouri highway.