At least 4 dead as 1,400-mile-long snowstorm heads east

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

Authorities in Kansas and Missouri reported at least three people killed in each state, a lot of them in vehicle accidents.

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

In a tweet Saturday morning, the patrol said it also had responded to 48 injuries, 723 crashes, 1,252 stranded motorists and 2,968 calls for service.

Snowstorm pounding St. Louis has Washington and Baltimore in its sights

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that among those killed in crashes were a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose vehicle slid into the path of a semitrailer on Friday in Clinton, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City. The patrol says another crash involving two semitrailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico.

Gia has most of the midwest in a winter storm warning, with anticipated snowfall ranging from 3 inches to more than a foot.

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

He says a winter storm that brought heavy snow Saturday to parts of in led to almost 20 vehicle slide-offs that state police responded to in the Lafayette district.

As the system moves eastward, it will hand off to a second coastal storm on Sunday that will bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow to the Washington, D.C., area before it moves off the coast that night, Walker said.

Sally Johnson, a meteorologist in St. Louis, says the storm has the potential to drop the most snow in five or six years.

Central and northern Virginia will receive even more, with up to 10 inches of snow possible in some places.

The tri-state area of Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio is under a winter storm warning, with many areas already declaring a snow emergency before the storm is expected to hit on Saturday, according to Fox 19 in Cincinnati. In Columbia, 15.5 inches were reported and Harrisburg had 17 inches.

"Just received an update this morning from Missouri Public Safety about condition across the state - very concerned about the situations in St. Louis on I-44, please stay off the roads until conditions improve", he tweeted.

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

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