Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Five dead as heavy snow hits parts of the US

Five dead as heavy snow hits parts of the US

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

Snow totals that topped 10 inches in parts of the Kansas City area peaked at more than 20 inches in east-central Missouri, according to 72-hour snow totals from the National Weather Service.

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

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

Missouri took the brunt of the damage, logging more than 800 snow-related crashes that injured 57 and killed four, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

State police urged IN residents not to travel if they don't have to because roads remain slick.

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

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that Northern Missouri and central IL will be hit the hardest. Philadelphia is predicted to get 1 to 2 inches of snow, and there is a possibility of light accumulation in NY along the storm's northern edge. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

A person walks through the seats in the upper level of stadium in the snow before the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Jan. 12, 2019.

The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

Almost 200,000 people were without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency that he says will help utility crews restore electricity more quickly to the state's western Piedmont, foothills and mountains after a winter storm.

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

"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.

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 vehicle to respond to the accident.

25 cm are in the forecast for Washington, D.C., which finds itself in the storm's sights for Sunday.

Springfield's State Journal-Register reports that the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday.

The FlightAware.com 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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