At least 7 dead after winter storms blanket Midwest

At least 7 dead after winter storms blanket Midwest

At least 7 dead after winter storms blanket Midwest

A winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the U.S. Midwest, causing at least five roadway deaths, stranding some motorists in Missouri and canceling dozens of flights, marched east toward Washington on Saturday.

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

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.

A major winter storm is wreaking havoc on millions of Americans this weekend as it carves its way across the Midwest toward the Atlantic.

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.

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.

Crew members with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Cole County and Jefferson City did their best to keep roads clear.

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Missouri troopers had responded to more than 3,000 calls for help, involving more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles till Saturday afternoon even as in central Missouri, about 12,000 households and businesses suffered power failure at one point, media reported. In Columbia, 15.5 inches were reported and Harrisburg had 17 inches. More than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow has fallen in some places around St. Louis.

Thousands in Missouri remained stranded on highways Saturday morning with traffic stopped or barely inching forward.

Gia, which is what The Weather Channel is calling it, should produce heavy snow and some ice accumulation in the Rockies and more than 1,000 miles eastward to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Half an inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted.

The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said. Airports in Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, also saw above-average cancellations as the storm tracked across the nation's midsection.

"In much of swath from Missouri to southern OH, this will heavy and wet and a strain to shovel", AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger wrote in a blog post.

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.

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

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