The storm is dumping snow on Midwest; at least 5 deaths in an accident
ST. LOUIS (AP) – A massive winter snowstorm that covered most of Missouri and several other Midwest states had a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday and forced the ground crew to scramble to remove snow from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the NFL division playoff match.
The storm moved Friday and from Kansas to Kansas and Nebraska, and then east to Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, on roads and making driving dangerous. Part of the Interstate 44 at St. Louis was blocked for several hours on Saturday and at one point the Missouri State Highway Patrol warned of traffic delays of up to eight hours.
In Indiana, the northern lanes of the Interstate were closed for 65 hours after a semi-truck lashed along the snow-covered highway near Lafayette, about 105 km northwest of Indianapolis.
The storm was expected to the east in the Mid-Atlantic region, with snow between 3 and 6 inches (7 and 15 centimeters) expected in the Washington area, including parts of north and central Maryland, by Sunday. Predictors said heavier snow fell and higher quantities could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia.
Missouri had the worst storm on Saturday, with the National Weather Service snowing more than a foot (30.48 centimeters) of snow on Saturday mornings in some places around St. Louis and Jefferson City and more than 18 inches (45 centimeters) in Columbia.
In Kansas City, where the Chiefs held the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 20 inches of snow had fallen in the early afternoon. The snow had diminished by the time the game started mid-afternoon, but stadium teams worked hours before the game to clear the pitch, field and seats of the stadium in anticipation of a full house for the playoff game.
Jeff Clifford digs his girlfriend's car from a mountain of snow on Saturday January 12, 2019 in St. Louis. A winter storm crossed the region this weekend, snoring traffic in several states and leaving thousands without power. (Laurie Skrivan / St. Louis Post-shipment via AP)
At least five people were killed in accidents on slippery roads in Kansas and Missouri. They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose car slipped on the path of a semi-trailer in Clinton, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, on Friday, said the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Another woman died when her car slipped to the US in northern Missouri and was hit by an approaching SUV.
In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pick-up slipped on the Turnpike in Kansas and hit a concrete barrier, the patrol said. A new collision involving two trailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico, the patrol said.
"We anticipate even more snow until today, so we ask motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in the suburbs of Kansas City. "If you have to go out anyway, we ask you to do three things: let your mobile phone fully charge, wear your seat belt and slow down your speed for the circumstances."
The Missouri troopers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help on the early Saturday afternoon, including more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles. Illinois State Police said that troopers along the Mississippi River across St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.
At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis most flights were canceled or postponed.
In the middle of Missouri, officials said that about 12,000 households and companies had no power at any given time in Columbia and the surrounding area.
Michael Fuehne, left, and David Fellner Jr., both from Belleville, exert themselves as they push Billy Brownlee's car out of a pile of snow after Brownlee had gone sideways during a bend in Belleville, Illinois, on Saturday, January 12th. , 2019. Multiple deaths on snow-covered roads were reported in the Midwest as a winter storm swept the region this weekend, leaving growling traffic in several states and thousands without power. (Tim Vizer / St. Louis Post-shipment via AP)
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