Storm Punishes Swath Of U.S. With Snow, Ice And Freezing Rain

While the storm will spare the heavily populated Northeast it likely will disrupt air and auto travel from Kansas City to Indianapolis and will bring the heaviest snowfall so far this winter to Cincinnati and the Ohio River Valley

Between 2-3 more inches was expected to fall later Saturday as snow showers lingered into Sunday morning, Maples said.

Areas around St. Louis, Missouri were affected the hardest, with Reuters reporting that a foot and a half of snow was recorded west of the city. "St. Louis is seeing its worst snowstorm in five years. We're going to see a significant snow event for the mid-Atlantic to start the year for 2019".

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for areas of central and southern IL including Springfield, Champaign and Carbondale.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 57 injuries and 4 deaths were reported in traffic accidents that resulted from the inclement weather.

Many people who went slow Saturday still lost control of their vehicles in the wet conditions, White said.

At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed.

"We're anticipating still more snow through today, so we're asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared", Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in suburban Kansas City, told the Associated Press.

Gia, which is what The Weather Channel is calling it, should produce heavy snow and some ice accumulation in the Rockies and more than 1,000 miles eastward to Philadelphia and New Jersey. In Columbia, Mo., an American Airlines flight slid off the runway, one Twitter user reported.

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A powerful winter storm that has left at least 7 dead and spawned winter weather alerts spanning 1,500 miles is targeting the nation's capital on Sunday, bringing the region its biggest amount of snow so far this season.

Missouri and Kansas took the brunt of the storm on Friday and Saturday, while snow also fell steadily across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday night to help the state of Virginia prepare.

As of early Sunday afternoon, more than 100,000 customers were without power in North Carolina.

Illinois State Police said Allen Reinacher, 73, was killed in an accident on a snowy highway on Friday, KSDK-TV reported.

The storm began to spread east into the Mid-Atlantic region, with between 5 and 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) of snow expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

Virginia state police said the storm contributed to a fatal crash on Interstate 81. Auto accidents resulting from icy, snow-covered roads were already being reported on Saturday evening.

A person walks through the seats in the upper level of stadium in the snow before the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Jan. 12, 2019.

More than 450 flights across the US had been canceled on Sunday morning, according to Flight Aware.

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