Midwest winter storm turns deadly on roads

Ryan Hill of Lee's Summit Missouri shovels the Kansas City Chiefs' logo out of snow on his driveway

Ryan Hill of Lee's Summit Missouri shovels the Kansas City Chiefs' logo out of snow on his driveway

They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose auto slid into the path of a semi trailer in Clinton, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

In Kansas City, Missouri, "we are up to 7.2 inches of snow so far with this storm", the local National Weather Service office said at 7 a.m. ET. Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said on Twitter on Friday there had been 50 accidents as of 5 p.m. CST.

Missouri's governor Mike Parson said on Twitter that he had been briefed by public safety agencies and warned drivers to stay off the roads "as our dedicated road and emergency crews continue to fight this storm".

Some 250 flights were canceled in the U.S.as of Saturday morning.

Missouri isn't the only state being hit by this traveling snow storm. Gia has most of the midwest in a winter storm warning, with anticipated snowfall ranging from 3 inches to more than a foot.

Baltimore is also in the path of these heavier bands of snowfall, with 4-6 inches of snow predicted for Sunday.

The storm will gear up across central Colorado, then move east across the Plains.

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon. By Jan. 12, at least 11 inches had accumilated in the region, and it was still coming down.

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. It would be among the city's 10 greatest snowstorms - landing at the No. 2 spot - of all time if that happens.

Travel may be treacherous along Interstate 70 from the Kansas City area to St. Louis and along I-64 from St. Louis to Louisville, Kentucky. Parts of IL received over a foot.

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

The storm is headed east, where it's expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore, forecasters said. The center said about five to 10 inches of snow was expected in Virginia and three to five inches was expected to fall near Washington, D.C.

Bands of icy rain are forecast for areas farther south, including parts of Virginia and SC.

There is a small chance that the southern Appalachians get enough freezing rain and sleet to turn into an ice event Saturday into Sunday.

The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on rivers already high.

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