Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Winter Storm Gia Causing Snow Emergency Across The Country

Winter Storm Gia Causing Snow Emergency Across The Country

The National Weather Service in St. Louis called for 8 to 12 inches of snow through late Saturday.

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

There are more than 40 million now under winter storm alerts, in what is the first big winter storm of the season for most areas.

According to the Associated Press, at least five people were killed in crashes on icy roads in Kansas and Missouri.

State police urged IN residents not to travel if they don't have to because roads remain slick.

The storm has caused 53 arriving and 39 departing flight cancellations at St. Louis Lambert International Airport with more are expected into Saturday morning, the airport said on its website.

"We're anticipating still more snow through today, so we're asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared, " said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in suburban Kansas City.

"With the moisture that was around an inch in liquid or more, that was plenty enough to stack up what we got across the area", he said. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

While the storm will spare the heavily populated Northeast, it likely will disrupt air and auto travel from Kansas City to Indianapolis, and will bring the heaviest snowfall so far this winter to Cincinnati and the Ohio River Valley, said AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker.

The storm hit Kansas and Missouri on Friday and continued pummeling those states on Saturday, as it extended into parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and OH, said U.S. Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Andrew Orrison.

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

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

Police said Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers.

Virginia State Police say a fatal crash on Interstate 81 occurred when a military surplus vehicle's driver lost control due to slick road conditions as a winter storm went through the region.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday in anticipation of snow and ice accumulation, transportation problems and power outages in the state. Motorists found themselves stranded as snow-covered roads became impossible to pass. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight.

The storm is expected to cover half of the United States with snow and ice over the weekend, and more than 70 million people are expected to feel the wrath of Gia.

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