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Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

A massive winter storm, stretching from the Great Plains to the East Coast, is dumping snow and causing hundreds of traffic accidents as thousands shelter under winter storm warnings. "St. Louis is seeing its worse snowstorm in five years".

More heavy rain also will fall on the saturated South.

The latest amounts of snowfall saw Cook, Nebraska experience 11.8 inches, Bridgetown, Illinois 10.5 inches and Amy and Scott State Lake in Kansas nine inches.

Large sections of Missouri, Illinois and IN are under winter weather advisories, and hazardous travel conditions are expected through most of the weekend.

The National Weather Service says a storm stretching from the nation's capital to Colorado could bring the highest snow totals in several years to sections of Missouri and IL.

The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on rivers already high.

In a tweet Saturday night, the patrol said it responded to 57 injuries, 878 crashes, 1,790 stranded motorists and 3,918 calls for service.

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Authorities in Kansas and Missouri have reported at least five killed in crashes as a winter storm sweeps across the Midwest.

KOMU reported a plane slid off the runway at the Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri on Friday due to icy conditions. In St. Louis on Friday night, parts of I-44, I-55, I-64 and I-70 were partially closed because of current snowfall, and more is on the way.

Some locales along the projected path of Gia could receive up to a foot of snow through Sunday.

The storm was pretty much over by late afternoon when the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Indianapolis Colts in an National Football League playoff game, but seats in Arrowhead Stadium were still covered in snow and fans tailgated under tents in the stadium parking lot. If travel is necessary please refer to MoDot's interactive road map here: Missouri DOT Road Conditions.

Meteorologists expect snow to come down over a wide area Saturday evening, from North Carolina to Pennsylvania and from Kansas to New Jersey. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight.

At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed.

The University of Missouri men's basketball game at the University of SC was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel issues, according to the team's Twitter account.


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