Figure 1: Total snowfall map for December 22nd-23rd, 2004 snow storm.
Figure 2: The visible satellite image, taken later in the day on December 23rd, shows the area covered by the snow band.
Figure 3: Low pressure track and total snowfall map (Regional) courtesy of Greg Carbin, Storm Prediction Center.

St. Louis, Missouri

Heavy Snow Event
December 22nd-23rd, 2004

A winter storm paralyzed a large area of southeast Missouri, Kentucky, southern Illinois, Indiana, and western Ohio a few days before Christmas, snarling holiday traffic.  The heaviest amounts of snow were generally in the Ohio River valley, with totals ranging from 12 to 24 inches on average; parts of south central Indiana received nearly 30 inches.

This winter storm was accompanied by gusty north winds that produced drifts up to 5 feet deep.  Many roads were closed or impassable.  Interstate 64 in southwest Indiana was closed for about three days due to extensive drifting.  On Interstate 24 in western Kentucky, a 29-mile long traffic jam formed from Trigg County into Lyon County.  An estimated 1,000 people were stranded in their vehicles overnight.  The National Guard was mobilized for both the Interstate 64 and Interstate 24 incidents.  Traffic was reported stopped on other interstates as well, including the interchange of Interstates 55 and 57 in southeast Missouri.

Total snowfall map for December 22nd-23rd, 2004 snow storm
Visible satellite picture of the snow cover
Storm track of December 22nd-23rd heavy snow event

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