Winter Storm Gia has barreled through the Midwest leaving at least seven dead after almost 18 inches of snow caused chaos on the roads.
The storm struck Kansas and Nebraska on Friday, before moving then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana on Saturday. St Louis, Missouri, was hit particularly hard, reaching 10.1 inches of snow as of 9am Saturday and bringing traffic to a standstill with accidents reported due to slippery roads and icy conditions.
Officials said about 12,000 households and businesses in Missouri were left without power at one point.
On Friday, an American Airlines flight slid-off the runway due to icy conditions while taxiing to the gate at the Columbia Regional Airport.
None of the 80 passengers aboard the flight from Dallas were injured but the runway was so slick it could not be reached by bus so passengers were evacuated three at a time by first responders. The airport closed the runway following the incident.
At least seven have been killed and there have been reports of more than 800 crashes, 57 injuries and 1,790 stranded motorists on Missouri’s highways.
At least five people were killed in crashes in Kansas and Missouri. Among those were a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose car slid into the path of a semitrailer on Friday about 80 miles outside of Kansas City on Friday.
Another woman died in northern Missouri when her car skidded on the highway and was struck by an oncoming SUV.
A 62-year-old man in Kansas died after his pickup truck skidded into a concrete barrier on the Kansas Turnpike and hit a concrete barrier. A 41-year-old driver from Mexico also died in the state in a crash involving two semi trailers.
Meanwhile in Indiana, the snowy conditions caused a semi truck to jackknife on the snow-covered northbound lanes of Interstate 65, leaving them closed for hours Saturday.
In Kansas City, crews rushed to clear the stadium for the Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts game on Saturday, after about 8 inches of snow fell.
Winter Storm Gia has barreled through the Midwest leaving at least seven dead after almost 18 inches of snow caused chaos on the roads
At least seven have been killed and there have been reports of more than 800 crashes, 57 injuries and 1,790 stranded motorists on Missouri’s highways
Cars snarled back for miles on Missouri’s snow covered roads during the worst of the winter snow
Thousands of flights have also been cancelled or delayed over the weekend. One of the worst hit airports is Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where a third of all its flights were canceled and 15 per cent of those that ran were delayed on Saturday
At least five deaths in the state have been reported due to automobile crashes on the icy roads. Kansas City Chiefs Fans are pictured helping a woman get back on the roadway after her car got stuck Saturday
Fans arrive to a snow covered Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City Saturday
A groundskeeper brushes snow off of seats at Arrowhead Stadium before Saturday’s playoff came in Kansas City
Thousands of flights have also been cancelled or delayed over the weekend.
One of the worst hit airports is Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where a third of all its flights were canceled and 15 per cent of those that ran were delayed on Saturday.
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport was also affected with almost 500 flights either delayed or canceled Saturday.
More misery is expected on Sunday with delays and cancellations forecast to continue into the week.
The storm is now moving east, as snow and ice made landfall in parts of North Carolina and Virginia.
Snow falls on the White House as a winter storm arrives in the region, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Washington
Horses watch the snow fall during a winter storm near New Virginia, Iowa, USA, 12 January 2019
The storm wasn’t bad news for everyone. Snowmobilers enjoyed the fresh drifts near New Virginia, Iowa, on Saturday
A New Virginia, Iowa, resident shovels snow after a heavy snowfall as the storm moves across the central Midwest
Noah Shober makes a snow angel outside of his house in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
Areas expected to see the most-dangerous travel conditions include Kansas City, St Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Roanoke and Greensboro.
Parts of northern New Mexico are experiencing up to 12 inches.
Large sections of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana are still under winter weather advisories, and hazardous travel conditions are expected through most of the weekend.
Highway patrol is urging everyone to stay clear of I-44 in St Louis.
Winter storm Gia is moving east, as it’s wreaking havoc on the Midwest and coming down impacting St Louis
Snow has reached 10.1 inches in St Louis, Missouri as of 9am Saturday, if snow continues it could be the most on record in the city in a 2-day span
The storm is set to move more east, hitting parts of North Carolina and the Virginias
A resident rides an ATV after a snowstorm in southern rural Iowa, USA, 12 January. The storm is creating travel hazards with up to one foot (30cm) of snow in some areas
A resident uses a snow plow to move snow after a snowstorm in New Virginia, Iowa, USA, 12 January 2019
In Denver, the snow began Friday night and continued through Saturday morning, accumulating six to 10 inches.
Stretches from Kansas to southwestern Ohio are under winter storm warnings, as well as Virginia, southern Maryland and North Carolina.
Sally Johnson, a meteorologist in St Louis, says the storm has the potential to drop the most snow in five or six years. Missouri received 10.8 inches on January 5-6, 2014, and 12.4 inches on March 23-24, 2013.
Winter Storm Gia could bring one of the heaviest two-day snowfall events on record to St Louis.
The University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Missouri and St Louis University shutdown Friday afternoon, along with numerous public schools. Johnson said the heaviest amounts are expected along the Interstate 70 corridor from Columbia to St Louis.
Cars were buried in the snow after the brutal storm hit the Midwest over the weekend
As of 8am Saturday, Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to more than 700 crashes, 48 injuries and four fatalities, with nearly 3,000 calls for service
Jeff Clifford digs out his girlfriend’s car from a pile of snow on Saturday in St Louis, Missouri
A snowblower at work after a heavy snowfall near Norwalk, Iowa, USA, 12 January, to clear the foot or so of snow
Large sections of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana are still under winter weather advisories, and hazardous travel conditions are expected through most of the weekend
Missouri State Highway Patrol reported dangerous road conditions this morning
A video on Twitter shows motorists in rush hour experiencing difficulties on the roads in St Louis
Airlines have cancelled dozens of flights through Saturday morning at St Louis Lambert International Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said.
Indianapolis reported snow around midnight. About 2.8 inches of snowfall has been measured at the Indianapolis International Airport as of 9am.
According to the National Weather Service, snow is likely to linger from parts of Ohio eastward into West Virginia, the Delmarva Peninsula and possibly in southern New Jersey.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible in western and north-central North Carolina.
Storm Gia is expected to leave the East Coast by Monday before heading further north.
A person walks a dog at the Lake County Forest Reserve dog park as snow falls in Lake Villa, Illinois, Saturday
A creek starts to freeze over at the Lake County Forest Reserve dog park, as snow falls in Lake Villa, Illinois