Winter storm slams mid-Atlantic states after walloping Midwest

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

Snowstorm Hammers Midwest Before Heading East

Washington and Baltimore will likely see 2 to 4 inches of snow and Philadelphia 1 to 2 inches.

A massive winter storm hit the US Rockies and Plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation "havoc" in the middle of the country. "St. Louis is seeing its worst snowstorm in five years".

Parts of the Mid-Atlantic are bracing for the first major snow storm of the new year. Over 35 million people across ten states and Washington, DC, were under a storm warning as of Saturday.

At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri.

State police said the surplus vehicle's driver died at the scene. The state's western mountains and foothills were hardest-hit along with the western Piedmont region and almost 1,000 state transportation workers were called out to clear ice and snow. A half inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted. In Columbia, Mo., an American Airlines flight slid off the runway, one Twitter user reported.

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Missouri and Kansas took the brunt of the storm on Friday and Saturday, while snow also fell steadily across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says almost 300 vehicles had slid off roads across the state and more than 175 crashes had been reported by late Saturday morning.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency Saturday night in order to allow the state to be better prepared to respond to the storm.

For Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Jeff Allen, there was a bright spot hen a Good Samaritan helped pull his vehicle out of the snow after he got stuck en route to Arrowhead Stadium for the divisional playoff game Saturday.

Almost 200,000 people were without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina.

"So, by that time, most of the snow will have already fallen, but there will still be flurries through the beginning of the game", she said.

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Snow is forecast for the Appalachian Mountains and the mid-Atlantic on Saturday evening and Sunday.

The storm is expected to lessen a bit on Sunday, but still drop freezing rain and some snow over hundreds of miles while moving slowly toward the direction of New England, The Weather Channel reports.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed due to the USA government shutdown, is expected to receive 15 cm to 20 cm of snow from this storm, according to the National Weather Service.

In Indiana, one person was killed in a crash on Interstate 70 in Greenfield on Saturday, according to WISH-TV.

The FlightAware.com flight tracking website reported 1,431 flight cancellations on Friday and 12,465 delays, with problems at snow-hit airports like Denver causing knock-on effects around the country.

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