Winter Storm Gia Causing Snow Emergency Across The Country

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2019

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. Video from St. Louis affiliate station KTVI shows sledders and even kayakers sliding down the snow and making snowmen in parks and yards. Some sleet and freezing rain arrived Friday morning in Missouri, with snow expected to fall by midday.

St. Louis had recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 12:30 p.m., with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed because of the USA government shutdown, is expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow when the storm arrives there, according to the National Weather Service.

Missouri isn't the only state being hit by this traveling snow storm.

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 storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri and IL, covering roads and making driving risky. Parts of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska all received more than 10 inches of snow.

In Illinois, the weather service snow would begin in southwestern Illinois and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by Saturday morning.

"This storm may become an overachiever when it comes to snow and ice".

"In much of swath from Missouri to southern OH, this will heavy and wet and a strain to shovel", AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger wrote in a blog post. Johnson said the heaviest amounts are expected along the Interstate 70 corridor from Columbia to St. Louis. Cities such as Indianapolis can expect similar conditions as St. Louis, but as the storm moves east, the likely snowfall totals will be lower in major metro areas.

A few major East Coast cities are likely to see some impact, including Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and there is a possibility for light accumulation in NY along the northern edge of the storm. The southern mountains of North Carolina near SC and Georgia will likely see more rain than sleet and snow. Philadelphia is expected to receive a few inches of snow, but areas north of there are expected to be spared, Orrison said.

"So, by that time, most of the snow will have already fallen, but there will still be flurries through the beginning of the game", she said.

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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