Snowstorm Churns Towards Washington, at Least Five Dead in U.S. Midwest

National Weather Service St. Louis winter storm update as of noon Friday Jan. 11 2019

National Weather Service St. Louis winter storm update as of noon Friday Jan. 11 2019

A snowstorm that pounded St. Louis early Saturday is headed east, where it's expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore through Sunday, forecasters said.

Jared Maples, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said around noon Saturday that areas near Jefferson City and Columbia reported 12-13 inches of snow.

Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz said the forecast the county used estimated Mid-Missouri could receive up to 15 inches of snow.

In Europe, snow has continued to plague the regions surrounding the European Alps, with five deaths reported in Austria and France as forecasts predicted more bad weather. "We're going to see a significant snow event for the mid-Atlantic to start the year for 2019". Over 35 million people across ten states and Washington, DC, were under a storm warning as of Saturday.

The Weather Network reported at least three deaths via Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). He was struck by two tractor-trailers after losing control of a military surplus vehicle on the slick roads of Interstate 81.

At St. Louis Lambert International Airport, "a winter storm has forced dozens of cancellations across all airlines at STL".

"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.

"With the moisture that was around an inch in liquid or more, that was plenty enough to stack up what we got across the area", he said.

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In Kansas City, snow dusted the field at Arrowhead Stadium during Saturday's National Football League playoff game between the hometown Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.

The National Weather Service says snow was to begin about 3 p.m.in southwestern IL and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by early Saturday.

More than 240,000 people were without power Sunday across North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas and Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday in order to mitigate damage from snowfall, ice and high winds.

"So, by that time, most of the snow will have already fallen, but there will still be flurries through the beginning of the game", she said.

Some interstates in Missouri, including I-70 and I-44, reopened Saturday morning after being shutdown Friday night, but treacherous conditions continued.

He says a winter storm that brought heavy snow Saturday to parts of IN led to almost 20 vehicle slide-offs that state police responded to IN the Lafayette district. Motorists found themselves stranded as snow-covered roads became impossible to pass. Hundreds of thousands of power outages have been reported across Kansas, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina, according to Poweroutage.us, and over 650 flights have been canceled as over 1,100 have experienced delays across the USA on Sunday as of 12 p.m. EST, according to FlightAware.

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