Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands Amid Kansas City Snowstorm

Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands Amid Kansas City Snowstorm

A winter storm that blanketed the Midwest with snow and left seven dead hit Washington and its surrounding areas Sunday - with more than 35 million people under winter weather alerts.

According to the National Weather Service reports, the state of Missouri is the worst hit with more than a foot of snow. Four to 6 inches are predicted for Washington and 2 to 3 inches for Baltimore, they said.

Dozens of flights were canceled at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which described the onslaught of snow, in a message on Twitter, as one of its biggest single-day winter storms in years.

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the USA midwest was pummeling the mid-Atlantic region for a second day on Sunday, bringing snow, freezing rain and power outages.

Winter Storm Gia arrived in the Midwest this weekend, causing crashes, flight delays and power outages in states across the area - including large parts of Missouri, Illinois and Kansas - as well as Virginia.

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.

"Our crews remain out and are making good progress but as long as it's snowing the roads won't be totally clear", the Missouri Department of Transportation said on its St. Louis area Twitter feed. It would be among the city's 10 greatest snowstorms - landing at the No. 2 spot - of all time if that happens.

Between 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday. "More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday", airport officials said.

Snowstorm pounding St. Louis has Washington and Baltimore in its sights

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 57 injuries and 4 deaths were reported in traffic accidents that resulted from the inclement weather.

Forecasters say the nation's capital could get up to a foot of snow while they're expecting even more than that to the south.

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

"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.

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.

Traffic moved through the town center after a major winter storm dropped around 8 inches of snow in Taos, New Mexico, on January 11, 2019.

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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