Snowstorm Belts US Midwest; 5 Die in Crashes

Lamar Ellis
January 14, 2019

It began to spread east into the Mid-Atlantic region, with between 5 and 10 inches of snow expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

"There's snow time like Showtime", the Chiefs said on Twitter, sharing video of the team's quarterback Patrick Mahomes arriving at the stadium in the snow.

"There is a winter weather advisory in effect along and south of (Interstate)-80 for Saturday", the weather service said in a statement.

St. Louis recorded 10.1 inches of snow by 10 a.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri, including Columbia with a foot and Harrisburg with 17 inches. Up to 18 inches (45 cm) of snow were expected in the Sangre de Cristo mountains south of Denver, according to the National Weather Service. Crews worked for hours to clear the field of snow of its coat of snow before the National Football League divisional playoff game.

More than 450 flights across the USA had been canceled on Sunday morning, according to Flight Aware.

Friday afternoon, a plane slid off the runway after landing at Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri, Rob Quinn tweeted shortly before 3:30 p.m. EST.

Thousands of flights have also been cancelled or delayed over the weekend.

Virginia's governor has already declared a state of emergency as the region braces for the first major snowstorm of the young year.

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At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri.

While the storm will spare the heavily populated Northeast, it likely will disrupt air and auto travel from Kansas City to Indianapolis, and will bring the heaviest snowfall so far this winter to Cincinnati and the Ohio River Valley, said AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker.

Another woman's auto slid into the path of an SUV in northern Missouri, a 62-year-old man in Kansas died after his truck skidded and hit a concrete barrier and two vehicles collided killing a 41-year-old man from Mexico.

But the storm wasn't all bad.

In Kansas, three people died Friday in traffic accidents, authorities said Saturday: A 62-year-old man in a vehicle that struck a barrier wall on the Kansas Turnpike, a semi-truck driver whose vehicle collided with another truck and a driver whose vehicle struck an oncoming vehicle and ran into a ditch. The patrol says another crash involving two semitrailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico.

The storm also caused at least four deaths and 57 injuries on Missouri roads by 2pm, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Virginia state police said the storm contributed to a fatal crash on Interstate 81.

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