Winter storm slams mid-Atlantic states after walloping Midwest

Winter storm slams mid-Atlantic states after walloping Midwest

Winter storm slams mid-Atlantic states after walloping Midwest

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.

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

Virginia's governor has already declared a state of emergency as the region braces for the first major snowstorm of the young year.

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.

Across the country's midsection, 50 million people are under a winter storm advisory, watch or warning.

Winter storm warnings have been issued from Kansas to southwestern OH as well as in parts of the Virginias, southern Maryland and North Carolina.

"To the extent that it's snowing outside, travel will be hazardous and outright unsafe in some areas", he said. Philadelphia is expected to receive a few inches of snow, but areas north of there are expected to be spared, Orrison said.

More heavy rain also will fall on the saturated South.

St. Louis could get as much as a foot of snow by late Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in a tweet on Saturday that it has responded to 3,918 calls for service, 1,790 stranded motorists, 878 crashes, and 57 injuries.

According to the National Weather Service reports, the state of Missouri is the worst hit with more than a foot of snow.

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.

Between 3 and 6 inches (7 and 15 centimeters) is expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

It reached Kansas and Missouri on Friday and spread to Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and OH on Saturday.

The storm blanketed Kansas and Missouri on Friday, with heavy snowfall continuing into Saturday.

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"Our crews remain out and are making good progress but as long as it's snowing the roads won't be totally clear", the Missouri Department of Transportation said on its St. Louis area Twitter feed. The Missouri Department of Transportation had 219 snow plows, sand and salt trucks in their central district trying to keep major arteries like USA 54, US 63 and Interstate 70 clear, said Paul Dinkler, MoDOT assistant maintenance engineer for the central district.

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