Snowstorm pounding St. Louis has Washington and Baltimore in its sights

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

25 cm are in the forecast for Washington, D.C., which finds itself in the storm's sights for Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for Missouri, as well as IL and Indiana. Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said on Twitter on Friday there had been 50 accidents as of 5 p.m. CST. If travel is necessary please refer to MoDot's interactive road map here: Missouri DOT Road Conditions.

The hardest-hit airport was St. Louis, where more than 115 combined arrivals and departures were canceled as more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow fell in the area.

"There is a winter weather advisory in effect along and south of (Interstate)-80 for Saturday", the weather service said in a statement. It is poised to leave a blanket of snow this weekend over more than 1,500 miles from Denver to Washington.

"For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 24 hours in some cases", said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The latest amounts of snowfall saw Cook, Nebraska experience 11.8 inches, Bridgetown, Illinois 10.5 inches and Amy and Scott State Lake in Kansas nine inches. The National Weather Center said 17 inches of snow has fallen in central Missouri. If St. Louis gets 15 inches or more of snow - there's about a 10% chance - it would be the city's second-greatest snowstorm of all time.

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Half a foot of snow also is expected to fall across southern Illinois, Indiana and into Virginia.

"This is not the first storm we've had in the St. Louis area", Panus, who is with the St. Louis County Police Department of Emergency Management, said by telephone.

Snow will reach the mid-Atlantic by late Saturday through Sunday, but snow totals will be lower there.

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.

The Appalachians will pick up some snow and sleet in Virginia, down through North Carolina and Tennessee. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

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