A huge winter snowstorm that is making its way through the Midwest and in the Central American region of the United States has left more than a foot of snow in parts of Missouri and contributed to at least five deaths, according to Saturday authority.
relocated to Kansas and Nebraska from the Rocky Mountains on Friday, then east to Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, along roads and making driving dangerous.
Part of Interstate 44 near St. Louis was blocked for several hours and at one point Missouri The state patrol warned of traffic delays of up to eight hours
. The storm is expected to spread eastward with snow between 3in and 6in of snow in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday. Meteorologists have said that the heaviest snow and the largest quantities could fall in the mountainous areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia.
Missouri had the worst storm on Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting more than a foot of snow in some places around St. Louis and Jefferson City, and more than 1
At least five people were killed in accidents on slippery roads in Kansas and Missouri. They included a 14-year-old woman and stepdaughter whose car slid to the sidewalk of a Clinton semitrailer, about 80 miles south-east of Kansas City, on Friday, reported the Missouri Highway Patrol. Another woman died when her car slipped on US24 in northern Missouri and was hit by an SUV.
In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pickup swerved over the Kansas Turnpike and hit a concrete barrier, according to the patrol. Another incident involving two semitrailers in snow conditions killed a 41-year-old pilot from Mexico, the patrol said.
"We expect even more snow to date, so we ask drivers to stay home until the roads are cleared," said Missouri Police Sgt. Sgt Collin Stosberg. "If you have to go out on the street, we ask you to do three things: have your cell phone fully loaded, wear a seat belt and slow down the speed for conditions."
Missouri soldiers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help until the first Saturday afternoon, including over 700 incidents and 1,300 stranded vehicles. Illinois State Police said troops along the Mississippi River in front of St. Louis responded to more than 100 incidents.
At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights have been canceled or delayed. In central Missouri, officials said around 12,000 families and businesses were powerless in Colombia and the surrounding area at some point.