Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

  • Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. Snow is covering roads and making driving unsafe. More than 11,000 customers were without power in Missouri as the heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines.

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

There are more than 40 million now under winter storm alerts, in what is the first big winter storm of the season for most areas.

Missouri isn't the only state being hit by this traveling snow storm. The National Weather Service reported 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) fell on the city through Saturday morning, with about another 10 cm to come before the storm shifts east through Saturday evening.

The storm hit Kansas and Missouri on Friday and continued pummeling those states on Saturday, as it extended into parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and OH, said U.S. Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Andrew Orrison. Parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska all received more than 10 inches of snow. It would be among the city's 10 greatest snowstorms - landing at the No. 2 spot - of all time if that happens. "The models this morning are 2 degrees colder than (Thursday), which will lead to higher amounts of snow and ice than were forecast (then)", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers says.

The major airport hubs of Denver, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati could expect long delays, directly impacted by snow from WS Gia.

Half a foot of snow also is expected to fall across southern Illinois, Indiana and into Virginia.

The storm is headed east, where it's expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore, forecasters said. Four to 6 inches are predicted for Washington and 2 to 3 inches for Baltimore, they said.

Snow is forecast for the Appalachian Mountains and the mid-Atlantic on Saturday evening and Sunday. The southern mountains of North Carolina near SC and Georgia will likely see more rain than sleet and snow.

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

Gia, which is what The Weather Channel is calling it, should produce heavy snow and some ice accumulation in the Rockies and more than 1,000 miles eastward to Philadelphia and New Jersey.

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