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December 4 icy road event in St. Louis; Oklahoma winter storm bust
Here's a quick roundup of winter weather events I've covered in the past month.
St. Louis flash-freeze icy road event, November 9
GPS LOG: Expedition path for November 9 storm
A short burst of snow in above-freezing air is normally a non-event. But in this case, a strong arctic cold front dropped temperatures rapidly in the minutes following, leading to widespread bridge icing and accidents. I did not capture any footage during this event despite covering the storm from South County STL to Normandy.
St. Louis snowstorm, November 14-15
GPS LOG: Expedition path for November 14-15 storm
Not much to report from this storm, even though the majority of the metro area received at least 6 inches. I covered the storm for 14 hours but did not capture any notable video.
St. Louis snow, November 25
St. Louis icy roads, December 4
VIDEO: Icy multi-vehicle accident in St. Louis, December 4
Snow squalls began moving through the metro area just after midnight, and immediately began causing problems. I witnessed (but did not capture) an accident at I-64 and I-255 in Caseyville, Illinois, calling 911 to report. Later, I captured 14 loss of control incidents, 6 of which resulted in vehicles colliding with each other and/or the barrier on I-55 at Carondelet. I called 911 for the second time that morning for that incident. This video is linked above and below.
Oklahoma winter storm bust, December 6-8
I took 3 days off of work for this storm, which most models indicated would be a high-impact event for western Oklahoma. But during my drive south on I-44, the models near-completely evaporated the storm. I considered turning around, but I continued on. I figured another model flip-flop was possible, or at the least a minor storm. This didn't happen, and I came home on Saturday with nothing captured despite a brief period of icing that morning.
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