Snow piles on U.S. Midwest, five killed in crashes

Snow piles on U.S. Midwest, five killed in crashes

Snow piles on U.S. Midwest, five killed in crashes

Airports in Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, also saw above-average cancellations as the storm tracked across the nation's midsection.

About eight inches of snow had fallen there by early afternoon.

Three fatalities were confirmed on Friday, as almost 60 crashes were recorded by Missouri State Patrol. Parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska all received more than 10 inches of snow. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

The storm began to spread east into the Mid-Atlantic region, with between 5 and 10 inches (13 to 25 centimetre's) of snow expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday. "St. Louis is seeing its worse snowstorm in five years".

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Dozens of flights were canceled at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which described the onslaught of snow on Twitter as one of its biggest single-day winter storms in years.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 7 inches of snow was reported early Saturday afternoon.

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. "For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 24 hours in some cases", said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

On the storm's southside, more heavy rain will fall on the already saturated South. Sleet, snow and ice can will make traveling conditions hazardous if not impossible.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation warned residents not to travel in the storm if it wasn't necessary.

The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said. Snow totals are to taper to the northeast with parts of southwestern IL forecast to receive up to 9 inches. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain.

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

There is about a 10 percent chance that St. Louis will get 15 inches or more of snow, according to the National Weather Service high-end forecast.

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The University of Missouri men's basketball game at the University of SC was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel issues, according to the team's Twitter account.

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