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Winter Storm Pounds Mid-Atlantic After Killing At Least 5 In Midwest

Winter Storm Pounds Mid-Atlantic After Killing At Least 5 In Midwest

More than 1400 flight cancellations and more than 12,000 flight delays were associated with the storm on Friday alone, according to a report from Reuters.

Across the country's midsection, 50 million people are under a winter storm advisory, watch or warning. It would be among the city's 10 greatest snowstorms - landing at the No. 2 spot - of all time if that happens.

Snow will reach the mid-Atlantic by late Saturday through Sunday, but snow totals will be lower there.

Ameren spokeswoman Erin Davis said wet snow caused branches and trees to fall on power lines, leading to several small power outages in the Jefferson City area.

It began to spread east into the Mid-Atlantic region, with between 5 and 10 inches of snow expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain. The southern half of Iowa is getting ice and snow, and below Missouri, cold rain is falling on the Sun Belt. Snow is covering roads and making driving unsafe.

It moved from the Rockies into the Heartland Friday bringing blinding snow and treacherous driving to the region. Another woman died when her vehicle slid on USA 24 in northern Missouri and was hit by an oncoming SUV.

The huge storm struck Kansas and Nebraska on Friday, before moving east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and IN on Saturday.

In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pickup truck skidded on the Kansas Turnpike and hit a concrete barrier, according to the patrol.

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Some interstates in Missouri, including I-70 and I-44, reopened Saturday morning after being shutdown Friday night, but treacherous conditions continued.

Another crash involving two semitrailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico.

At least four people have died and scores were injured and stranded as a snowstorm pounded St. Louis and other parts of Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol 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.

In central Missouri, officials said about 12,000 households and businesses were without power in Columbia and the surrounding area.

Snow totals are to taper to the northeast with parts of southwest IL forecast to receive up to 9 inches and the Chicago area expected to get between 1 and 4 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for Missouri, as well as IL and Indiana.