Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Massive snowstorm pummels US Midwest, leaving 5 dead

Is it a snowstorm or a blizzard Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of United States
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 12:17

Southwest Virginia could see 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow.

St. Louis recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 1:30 p.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri. A foot was recorded in Columbia and 17 inches in Harrisburg as of 9 a.m.

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

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

A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday and forced the grounds crew to scramble to clear snow from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ahead of the National Football League divisional playoff game.

The snow is due to taper off by 4:35 p.m. ET when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in an National Football League playoff game, Brink said.

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"There's snow time like Showtime", the Chiefs said on Twitter, sharing video of the team's quarterback Patrick Mahomes arriving at the stadium in the snow.

The tri-state area of Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio is under a winter storm warning, with many areas already declaring a snow emergency before the storm is expected to hit on Saturday, according to Fox 19 in Cincinnati.

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.

The Missouri Department of Transportation warned residents not to travel in the storm if it wasn't necessary. "The models this morning are 2 degrees colder than (Thursday), which will lead to higher amounts of snow and ice than were forecast (then)", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers says. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".

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

"There is a winter weather advisory in effect along and south of (Interstate)-80 for Saturday", the weather service said in a statement.

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