Winter storms spread snow, ice and rain over Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A winter storm that moved into Missouri on Friday left icy and snow-covered roads in the west while dropping a deluge of rain in the east, leading to flooding in basements and low-lying areas around St. Louis.

Several homes and some barns and outbuildings were damaged Friday in the southwestern town of Fair Play, where officials are looking into whether a tornado caused the damage. No injuries were reported.

Around Kansas City, a quarter-inch of ice covered trees, roads and other surfaces as temperatures plummeted overnight, leaving law enforcement scrambling to handle calls of dozens of crashes and stranded motorists.

In central Missouri, motorists were warned Saturday of flooded and ice-covered roads. The Columbia Regional Airport also reported several canceled flights.

The National Weather Service said some parts of St. Louis saw 4 inches of rain since late Thursday, with slightly more falling in parts of Jefferson and St. Clair Counties. That led to some flooded streets in low-lying areas, but no reports of significant flash flooding. Still, the weather service issued a flood warning for areas in and around St. Louis until midday Sunday.

Rain mixed with snow in the St. Louis area Saturday afternoon, and snow was expected to continue overnight into Sunday, with less than an inch of accumulation expected.