- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A winter storm moving across the Midwest has dumped several inches of snow on the St. Louis metropolitan area, left thousands without power and caused many school districts to cancel classes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1mXflAI ) reports that about 3 inches had fallen in the St. Louis metropolitan area by 6 a.m. Wednesday. National Weather Service forecasters are predicting another 3 to 4 inches of snowfall in the area before the storm winds down this afternoon.

Wind gusts of up to 45 mph were making driving hazardous. Visibility was down to about a half-mile in some areas.

Ameren is reporting downed power lines and blown transformers. The utility says more than 17,000 customers are without power on the Missouri side and 9,000 on the Illinois side of the metro region.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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