Winter Snow Storm Kills 7 in Midwest, Heading to D.C.

Hugh Fox
January 14, 2019

"To the south, freezing rain is expected into Sunday near and east of the central and southern Appalachians, where up to a quarter of an inch of ice could accrete, with locally higher amounts possible", the NWS's Weather Prediction Center said.

The highest snowfall totals were in Montgomery City, Missouri, northwest of St. Louis, which was hit with 20 inches of snow.

Baltimore is also in the path of these heavier bands of snowfall, with 4 to 6 inches of snow predicted for Sunday.

"We have a strong snowstorm that's stretching 1,400 miles from Kansas to the East Coast", CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

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.

Parts of central IL have registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.

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More than 1,200 motorists in Missouri were stranded and there were four deaths on the roads, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a tweet on Saturday.

Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 due to slick road conditions.

Louis, most of the flights were either cancelled or delayed. The storm dumped more than 30cm of snow in several parts of Missouri and almost 60cm in one city. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

For Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Jeff Allen, there was a bright spot hen a Good Samaritan helped pull his vehicle out of the snow after he got stuck en route to Arrowhead Stadium for the divisional playoff game Saturday.

Weather map of the National Weather Service shows the snowstorm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday then went eastward into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.

Forecasters said heavy snow could fall in mountain areas, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia.

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State Police Director Leo Schmitz told reporters that 34-year-old Christopher Lambert was headed home when he pulled over and got out of his squad auto to respond to the accident.

Gia is expected to bring additional snow to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic by Sunday evening, the Weather Channel reported.

"We will have full crews in all night, keeping an eye on that", Becker said at a press conference Saturday evening.

In a suburb of Chicago, Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert was standing outside his patrol vehicle at the scene of a three-car crash when a driver struck him, authorities say.

The flight tracking website reported 1,431 flight cancellations on Friday and 12,465 delays, with problems at snow-hit airports like Denver causing knock-on effects around the country.

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