Snowstorm Hammers Midwest Before Heading East

Saul Bowman
January 14, 2019

As light snow falls are expected to continue in the Midwest, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for areas in the mid-Atlantic until Sunday afternoon.

St. Louis had recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 1:30 p.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri.

The National Weather Service says snow was to begin about 3 p.m.in southwestern IL and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by early Saturday.

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

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. "D.C. will end up having at least a day and a half [of snow]. we don't have that many snow events that last that long".

As the storm heads east, up to 16 inches (41 cm) of snow were likely in western Missouri and St. Louis.

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.


Missouri troopers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help through early Saturday afternoon, including more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles.

Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz said the forecast the county used estimated Mid-Missouri could receive up to 15 inches of snow. It would be the most snow the city has had in a single storm since 2014 when a January blizzard dumped 10.8 inches. They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose vehicle slid into the path of a semitrailer in Clinton, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Along with Washington and Baltimore, 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.

Forecasters say a brief period of mixing to sleet and rain may occur Sunday evening before precipitation changes back to snow before ending late Sunday night. But it cited progress Saturday as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists". Most big airlines were also waiving cancellation fees at some airports in the path of the storm.

Meanwhile, much of Europe is also dealing with heavy snow.

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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