Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Winter storm snarls Midwest roads, claims at least 7 lives

Winter storm snarls Midwest roads, claims at least 7 lives

As the storm heads east, up to 16 inches (41 cm) of snow were likely in western Missouri and St. Louis.

The storm was expected to travel along a narrow 1,500-mile-long path stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast over the weekend.

The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 2,900 km swath of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-Atlantic.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for areas of central and southern IL including Springfield, Champaign and Carbondale. Sleet, snow and ice can will make traveling conditions hazardous if not impossible. A half inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain.

AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger said in a blog post: "In much of swath from Missouri to southern OH, this will heavy and wet and a strain to shovel".

The National Weather Service in St. Louis called for 8 to 12 inches of snow through late Saturday.

Authorities in Kansas and Missouri have reported at least five killed in crashes as a winter storm sweeps across the Midwest.

St. Louis had recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 1:30 p.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri.

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It is forecast to leave up to 10 inches (25cm) of snow in Washington DC and parts of Maryland by Sunday and there could also be heavy snow in Virginia. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

Meteorologists expect snow to come down over a wide area Saturday evening, from North Carolina to Pennsylvania and from Kansas to New Jersey.

The snow is due to taper off by 4:35 p.m. ET when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in an National Football League playoff game, Brink said. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight.

The DOT tweeted early in the afternoon that all the eastbound lanes of I-44 had been cleared.

At least five people have died in weather-related road crashes during a snowstorm in the US.

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

The University of Missouri men's basketball game at the University of SC was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel issues, according to the team's Twitter account.

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