Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Five dead after snowstorm hits midwest America

Five dead after snowstorm hits midwest America

Airports in Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, also saw above-average cancellations as the storm tracked across the nation's midsection.

At least three fatalities were reported by Missouri State Highway Patrol through Friday evening, amid conditions that had some motorists abandoning their cars after being stuck for hours in traffic jams.

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. More than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow has fallen in some places around St. Louis.

"We have a strong snowstorm that's stretching 1,400 miles from Kansas to the East Coast", CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. The storm is moving east and is expected to persist throughout Sunday, with flight disruptions extending into the work week. Missouri received 10.8 inches on January 5-6, 2014, and 12.4 inches on March 23-24, 2013.

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

On Saturday, officials reported almost 11 inches of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed.

More than 65 million people are under a winter storm advisory, watch or warning.

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.

"There's snow time like Showtime", the Chiefs said on Twitter, sharing video of the team's quarterback Patrick Mahomes arriving at the stadium in the snow. Motorists found themselves stranded as snow-covered roads became impossible to pass.

As of 7 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service's office in Weldon Spring, Missouri, reported about 5 inches of snow. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) on Twitter warned residents not to travel in the storm if it isn't necessary.

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

The University of Missouri men's basketball game Saturday at the University of SC was moved to Sunday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted.

There is a small chance the southern Appalachians will get enough freezing rain and sleet to turn into an ice event Saturday into Sunday. 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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