Snow storm marches toward Washington, after pummeling Midwest

Geraldine Edwards
January 14, 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.

A winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the U.S. Midwest, causing at least five roadway deaths, stranding some motorists in Missouri and canceling dozens of flights, marched east toward Washington on Saturday.

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the United States midwest was pummeling the mid-Atlantic region for a second day on Sunday, bringing snow, freezing rain and power outages.

The Illinois State Police says that troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 traffic collisions during the winter storm that's rolling through the Midwest.

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The storm eased up Saturday afternoon in St. Louis after dropping more than 10 inches of snow there. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) on Twitter warned residents not to travel in the storm if it isn't necessary.

Missouri troopers had responded to more than 3,000 calls for help, involving more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles till Saturday afternoon even as in central Missouri, about 12,000 households and businesses suffered power failure at one point, media reported. More than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow has fallen in some places around St. Louis.

Along with Washington and Baltimore, 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.

Snow is forecast for the Appalachian Mountains and the mid-Atlantic on Saturday evening and Sunday. The Missouri Department of Transportation had 219 snow plows, sand and salt trucks in their central district trying to keep major arteries like USA 54, US 63 and Interstate 70 clear, said Paul Dinkler, MoDOT assistant maintenance engineer for the central district. The southern half of Iowa is getting ice and snow, and below Missouri, cold rain is falling on the Sun Belt.

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

More heavy rain also will fall on the saturated South.

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. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".

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.

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