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

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

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. The National Weather Service reported 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) fell on the city through Saturday morning, with about another 10 cm to come before the storm shifts east through Saturday evening.

"We have a strong snowstorm that's stretching 1,400 miles from Kansas to the East Coast", CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

So far Missouri has had the worst of the snow, with more than a foot (30cm) on Saturday morning around St Louis and Jefferson City.

The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 2,900 km swath of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-Atlantic.

Missouri's governor Mike Parson said on Twitter that he had been briefed by public safety agencies and warned drivers to stay off the roads "as our dedicated road and emergency crews continue to fight this storm".

The massive storm took its toll on highways and roads, where at least five people were killed as a result of risky driving conditions. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

Horses stand in snow
Horses stand over a major winter storm which dropped around 8 inches of snow in Taos New Mexico on Jan. 11 2019

Baltimore is also in the path of these heavier bands of snowfall, with 4-6 inches of snow predicted for Sunday. "This is where the highest accumulations of (3 inches or more) are expected". In Columbia, 15.5 inches were reported and Harrisburg had 17 inches.

"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.

At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed. "More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday", airport officials said.

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

Along with Washington and Baltimore, Philadelphia is predicted to get 1 to 2 inches of snow, and there is a possibility of light accumulation in NY along the storm's northern edge.

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