Winter storm hits US Midwest leaving at least five dead

Posted January 14, 2019

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in place for Cook, DuPage, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, Grundy and LaSalle and Will Counties in IL and all of Northwest Indiana until 3 a.m. Sunday.

Washington and Baltimore will likely see 2 to 4 inches of snow and Philadelphia 1 to 2 inches.

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.

Trees covered in snow are seen as a auto drives in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019, in this still image obtained from social media video.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning effective through 6 p.m. ET Sunday for Washington, parts of central Maryland and northern and northwest Virginia. Sleet, snow and ice are making traveling conditions hazardous if not impossible.

"To the south, freezing rain is expected into Sunday near and east of the central and southern Appalachians, where up to a quarter of an inch of ice could accrete, with locally higher amounts possible", the NWS's Weather Prediction Center said. Half an inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted.

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

At least five people died in weather-related crashes on roads in Missouri and Kansas, according to the highway patrolmen in both states.

In a tweet Saturday night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it had responded to 57 injuries, 878 crashes, 1,790 stranded motorists and 3,918 calls for service.

Missouri had gotten the worst of the storm by Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting more than a foot of snow Saturday morning in some places around St. Louis and Jefferson City, and more than 18 inches in Columbia.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed because of the USA government shutdown, is expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow when the storm arrives there, according to the National Weather Service.

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It reached Kansas and Missouri on Friday and spread to Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and OH on Saturday.

Kyle Haraugh, of NFL Films, clears snow from a camera location at Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019.

The Missouri Department of Transportation warned residents not to travel in the storm if it wasn't necessary. Trooper Tod Hileman, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol, said on Twitter on Saturday.

Officials across the region urged travelers to stay off the roads, warning of delays up to eight hours.

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

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