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

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

It is forecast to leave up to 10 inches (25cm) of snow in Washington DC and parts of Maryland by Sunday and there could also be heavy snow in Virginia.

Areas around St. Louis, Missouri were affected the hardest, with Reuters reporting that a foot and a half of snow was recorded west of the city.

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

At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed on Saturday.

Britt Smith, Jefferson City Public Works operations division director, said: "This snow is probably one of the wettest snows I've seen, and I've been doing this for 15 years".

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.

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.

Weather map of the National Weather Service shows the snowstorm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday then went eastward into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.

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

In a tweet Saturday night, the patrol said it responded to 57 injuries, 878 crashes, 1,790 stranded motorists and 3,918 calls for service. Philadelphia is predicted to get 1 to 2 inches of snow, and there is a possibility of light accumulation in NY along the storm's northern edge. Although the Kansas City area is expected to get up to 6 inches of snow, it should be over by the time the Kansas City Chiefs begin their National Football League playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon.

The Appalachians will pick up some snow and sleet in Virginia, down through North Carolina and Tennessee.

Light snow will likely continue overnight for much of Chicagoland but should wrap up by sunrise on Sunday. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

More heavy rain also will fall on the saturated South.

Gia is expected to bring additional snow to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic by Sunday evening, the Weather Channel reported. Trooper Tod Hileman, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol, said on Twitter on Saturday.

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.

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