Snow storm marches toward Washington, after pummeling Midwest

Charlene Craig
January 14, 2019

The storm is headed east, where it's expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore, forecasters said.

St. Louis registered just over a foot of snow, and the city of Columbia saw more than 2 feet of precipitation, according tothe National Weather Service.

With snow already falling in the nation's capital Saturday, updated forecasts for total snowfall jumped from 2-4 inches to 8-12 inches, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said. "St. Louis is seeing its worst snowstorm in five years".

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for areas of central and southern IL including Springfield, Champaign and Carbondale.

At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri.

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Many people who went slow Saturday still lost control of their vehicles in the wet conditions, White said.

Drivers weren't the only ones negatively affected by the extreme weather conditions: Dozens of flights were cancelled at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which described the snowstorm as one of the largest on record. Lighter snow is likely over far northern IL.

"With the moisture that was around an inch in liquid or more, that was plenty enough to stack up what we got across the area", he said.

The National Weather Service reported close to a half-inch of ice in some sections of western North Carolina, leading to fallen trees and power lines.

On Saturday, Kansas and Missouri officials took to social media to ask residents to watch the weekend's football attraction - the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Indianapolis Colts - from home.

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The storm hit Kansas and Missouri on Friday and pummeled those states again on Saturday as it extended into parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and OH, said U.S. Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Andrew Orrison. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm. In anticipation of the storm, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday.

Almost 200,000 people were without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday morning.

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

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 department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight.

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.

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More than 1400 flight cancellations and more than 12,000 flight delays were associated with the storm on Friday alone, according to a report from Reuters.

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