Snow Storm Strikes Area, Closes Schools, Knocks Out Power

Rain changed to snow about 4 AM Wednesday morning in Bond County, and the snow continued well into the afternoon. The high winds that accompanied the snow knocked out power to thousands of people in the WGEL listening area. According to spokesman Joe Richardson ice and high winds brought down power lines, snapped utility poles, and interrupted power to thousands of residents in Illinois and Missouri Wednesday, including members in 10 of the 11 counties served by Southwestern Electric Cooperative. Over 2,000 Ameren customers were also without power at different times on Wednesday.

While much of the snow melted when it hit the ground, the snow fell fast enough to make many roads a slushy mess for a while. Multiple cars were reported in ditches through-out the listening area, including a semi that had overturned near Marine on Route 143.

Weather is dry but cold today, still breezy but as strong as Wednesday.