Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Snowstorm Belts US Midwest; 5 Die in Crashes

Snowstorm Belts US Midwest; 5 Die in Crashes

As light snow falls are expected to continue in the Midwest, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for areas in the Mid-Atlantic until Sunday afternoon. But conditions are expected to worsen in the evening in the Washington, DC, area, which is experiencing its first major snowfall of 2019.

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.

Missouri got up to 17 inches of snow in the central part of the state, according to the National Weather Service. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started midafternoon, but stadium crews worked for hours before the game to clear the stadium's lot, field and seats in anticipation of a full house for the playoff game.

Additionally, many roads are considered to be hazardous, and "people who do not need to travel are urged to stay off the roads", the news release stated.

Duke Energy tweeted that "trees and ice-laden branches on lines. are the main cause of. outages in this storm".

On Friday, an American Airlines flight slid-off the runway due to icy conditions while taxiing to the gate at the Columbia Regional Airport. A bus sent to take passengers from the plane got stuck, and passengers had to be driven to the terminal three at a time.

Almost 250 flights were canceled nationwide and another 400 delayed as of 10:45 a.m.

Snow is forecast for the Appalachian Mountains and the Mid-Atlantic on Saturday evening and Sunday. Hundreds of people were stranded for hours as snow and freezing rain rendered parts of Interstate 44 in Missouri almost impassable on Friday evening.

In Indiana, the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 were closed for hours Saturday after a semitruck jackknifed along the snow-covered highway near Lafayette, about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

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

Another Missouri driver, Hope Wilson, 32, died after sliding sideways across US-24 and hitting a vehicle moving in the opposite direction.

The storm wasn't bad news for everyone.

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.

In Kansas, a collision of semitrailers caused the death of a 41-year-old driver from Mexico, The Associated Press reports.

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.

Virginia state police said the storm contributed to a fatal crash on Interstate 81.

Just before 10:00 Sunday morning KCP&L reported more than 82,000 customers were still in the dark- a decrease of almost 4,000 customers from 7:00 a.m. Crews are working around the clock to restore power.

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