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Travel Plans Freeze as Winter Storm Gia Strikes the Midwest

Is it a snowstorm or a blizzard At least 5 killed in crashes related to powerful Winter Storm Gia
Jeannette Daniel | 13 January, 2019, 06:59

A winter storm that pounded Missouri moved eastward Saturday night and could drop up to a foot of snow on Washington and the mid-Atlantic region by the end of Sunday. Major cities in the zone, including St. Louis, could get more than 6 inches of snow.

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. Parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska all received more than 10 inches of snow.

The storm is leaving its heaviest snowfall on areas west of St. Louis, where about a foot and a half of snow was recorded, with still more falling on Saturday, Orrison said.

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

In Illinois, the weather service snow would begin in southwestern Illinois and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by Saturday morning. "For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 24 hours in some cases", said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Video from St. Louis affiliate station KTVI shows sledders and even kayakers sliding down the snow and making snowmen in parks and yards.

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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.

Missouri's governor Mike Parson said on Twitter that he had been briefed by public safety agencies and warned drivers to stay off the roads "as our dedicated road and emergency crews continue to fight this storm".

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain.

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. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

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

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