Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

The storm is expected to lessen a bit on Sunday, but still drop freezing rain and some snow over hundreds of miles while moving slowly toward the direction of New England, The Weather Channel reports.

Metro areas that are included in warnings are Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Roanoke and Greensboro - these areas are most likely to see unsafe travel conditions and heavy snow and/or ice according to The Weather Channel.

Washington and Baltimore will likely see 2 to 4 inches of snow and Philadelphia 1 to 2 inches.

The National Weather Service says a storm stretching from the nation's capital to Colorado could bring the highest snow totals in several years to sections of Missouri and IL.

Sally Johnson, a meteorologist in St. Louis, says the storm has the potential to drop the most snow in five or six years.

There are more than 40 million now under winter storm alerts, in what is the first big winter storm of the season for most areas.

Dozens of flights were canceled at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which described the onslaught of snow on Twitter as one of its biggest single-day winter storms in years.


Central and northern Virginia will receive even more, with up to 10 inches of snow possible in some places. Snow totals are to taper to the northeast with parts of southwestern IL forecast to receive up to 9 inches.

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) on Twitter warned residents not to travel in the storm if it isn't necessary. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".

"For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm event that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 48 hours in some cases".

Some 250 flights were canceled in the U.S.as of Saturday morning. Southward from there, snows increase significantly to totals of 12 inches or perhaps more.

A few major East Coast cities are likely to see some impact, including Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and there is a possibility for light accumulation in NY along the northern edge of the storm.

Snow will reach the mid-Atlantic by late Saturday through Sunday, but snow totals will be lower there.

"In much of swath from Missouri to southern OH, this will heavy and wet and a strain to shovel", AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger wrote in a blog post. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

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