Snowstorm Belts US Midwest; 5 Die in Crashes

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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.

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

Trees covered in snow are seen as a auto drives in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019, in this still image obtained from social media video.

This weekend's winter storm has left more than 150 customers without power in the St. Joseph area as of Saturday morning. The state police said earlier that they have responded to more than 200 snow-related crashes, including one other fatality.

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Up to a foot of snowfall is possible in Washington and Virginia on Sunday and into Monday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Hundreds of thousands of power outages have been reported across Kansas, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina, according to Poweroutage.us, and over 650 flights have been canceled as over 1,100 have experienced delays across the USA on Sunday as of 12 p.m. EST, according to FlightAware.

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.

"We're anticipating still more snow through today, so we're asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared, " said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in suburban Kansas City.

Forecasters say heavier snow and higher amounts could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia. The state's western mountains and foothills were hardest-hit along with the western Piedmont region and almost 1,000 state transportation workers were called out to clear ice and snow.

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

At least four people have died and scores of motorists were injured and stranded, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

In a suburb of Chicago, Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert was standing outside his patrol auto at the scene of a three-car crash when a driver struck him, authorities say. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

A person walks through the seats in the upper level of stadium in the snow before the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Jan. 12, 2019.

Springfield's State Journal-Register reports that the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday.

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