A Massive Winter Storm Blankets Parts Of The US, Kills Five

Snow blankets a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square with the White House behind as a winter storm arrives in the region Sunday Jan. 13 2019 in Washington

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

Between 3 and 6 inches (7 and 15 centimeters) is expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

St. Louis recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 1:30 p.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri.

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

A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday and forced the grounds crew to scramble to clear snow from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ahead of the National Football League divisional playoff game. "We're going to see a significant snow event for the mid-Atlantic to start the year for 2019".

A mass email from Chancellor Robert Jones went out to students around noon Friday, noting that the National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for much of IL that extends well into the weekend. If travel is necessary please refer to MoDot's interactive road map here: Missouri DOT Road Conditions.

The storm began in Mexico as rain but as it headed to the USA it turned into snow.

Snowstorm pounding St. Louis has Washington and Baltimore in its sights
A Massive Winter Storm Blankets Parts Of The US, Kills Five

"This storm may become an overachiever when it comes to snow and ice".

In Illinois, the weather service snow would begin in southwestern Illinois and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by Saturday morning. An American Airlines flight slid of the runway at a regional airport in Columbia, Missouri Friday afternoon according to a local news report. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight.

On the storm's southside, more heavy rain will fall on the already saturated South. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists". "More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday", airport officials said.

The University of Missouri men's basketball game at the University of SC was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted.

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.

The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain.

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