Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of United States

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

A half inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted. 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.

A massive winter storm, stretching from the Great Plains to the East Coast, is dumping snow and causing hundreds of traffic accidents as thousands shelter under winter storm warnings.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for Missouri, as well as IL and Indiana. Sleet, snow and ice can will make traveling conditions hazardous if not impossible.

Gia, which is what The Weather Channel is calling it, should produce heavy snow and some ice accumulation in the Rockies and more than 1,000 miles eastward to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain.

More heavy rain also will fall on the saturated South.

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

At least four people have died and scores of motorists were injured and stranded, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

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In a tweet Saturday morning, the patrol said it also had responded to 48 injuries, 723 crashes, 1,252 stranded motorists and 2,968 calls for service.

There is about a 10 percent chance that St. Louis will get 15 inches or more of snow, according to the National Weather Service high-end forecast.

Metro areas that are included in warnings are Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Roanoke and Greensboro - these areas are most likely to see unsafe travel conditions and heavy snow and/or ice according to The Weather Channel.

Central and northern Virginia will receive even more, with up to 10 inches of snow possible in some places.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 7 inches of snow was reported early Saturday afternoon.

The snow is due to taper off by 4:35 p.m. ET when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in an National Football League playoff game, Brink said. If travel is necessary please refer to MoDot's interactive road map here: Missouri DOT Road Conditions.

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