Spring snow falls in St. Louis

Spring snow falls in St. Louis Live

"C'mon kids, grab the sled. We're going to Art Hill!"

Sorry, Dad, but the ol' sled would do poorly on wet grass. The snow showers early Sunday were nothing to get excited about, especially on the first day of spring.

(To be technical, the vernal equinox that marks the start of spring arrives in St. Louis at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The vernal

equinox and its fall partner, the autumnal equinox, occur when the sun shines directly on the equator, producing equal durations of daylight--more or less--in the northern and southern hemispheres.)

In St. Louis, the snow showers Sunday did nothing more than make street wets and put a light coat of white on some grassy areas. Just as well that Dad leave the sled hanging in the garage.

The National Weather Service forecast a high Sunday of a snow-hostile 46 degrees. The rest of the day is expected to be cloudy and rainy. A freeze warning was in effect until 9 a.m. Monday.

Just so you'll know, the average high temperature on March 20 in St. Louis is 56 degrees. The average low is 38. The records are a high of 75 in 1976 and a low of 24 in 1990.

Monday's high is expected to be 60 degrees, with sunny skies. For Tuesday, a high of 73 degrees is forecast. Hello spring.

A Cardinal sits on the branch of a Redbud tree in southwest St. Louis County as the snow comes down on a Sunday morning, March 20, 2016, the last day of winter. A heavy wet snow came down for several hours, but quickly melted away. The forecast is for a much warmer start to spring in the area. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com 


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