Snow storm marches toward Washington, after pummeling Midwest

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose vehicle slid into the path of a semitrailer in Clinton, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Major cities in the zone, including St. Louis, could get more than 6 inches of snow.

"We're anticipating still more snow through today, so we're asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared", said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in suburban Kansas City. The center said about five to 10 inches of snow was expected in Virginia and three to five inches was expected to fall near Washington, D.C. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

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

A few major East Coast cities are likely to see some impact, including Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and there is a possibility for light accumulation in NY along the northern edge of the storm. Missouri received 10.8 inches on January 5-6, 2014, and 12.4 inches on March 23-24, 2013. "St. Louis is seeing its worse snowstorm in five years".

Large sections of Missouri, Illinois and IN are under winter weather advisories, and hazardous travel conditions are expected through most of the weekend.

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed due to the US government shutdown, is expected to receive 15 cm to 20 cm of snow from this storm, according to the National Weather Service. Motorists found themselves stranded as snow-covered roads became impossible to pass.

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

The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said. Parts of the state had received up to 15 inches of snow by that point.

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

Some 250 flights were canceled in the U.S.as of Saturday morning.

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

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

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