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Washington, Baltimore brace for snow; storm kills 4 people in Missouri

14 January 2019

The University of Missouri men's basketball game Saturday at the University of SC was moved to Sunday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted. The team followed up later on saying the game was "tentatively rescheduled for Sunday". Snow is covering roads in those states. It is poised to leave a blanket of snow this weekend over more than 1,500 miles from Denver to Washington.

The storm that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in some areas of Missouri has also resulted in more than 2,000 calls for help and more than 175 crashes that left at least 40 people injured. Hundreds of thousands of power outages have been reported across Kansas, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina, according to Poweroutage.us, and over 650 flights have been canceled as over 1,100 have experienced delays across the USA on Sunday as of 12 p.m. EST, according to FlightAware.

The storm will gear up across central Colorado, then move east across the Plains. Lower accumulations are expected in DE and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain.

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Missouri had gotten the worst of the storm by Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting more than a foot (30.48 centimeters) of snow Saturday morning in some places around St. Louis and Jefferson City, and more than 18 inches (45 centimeters) in Columbia. Although the Kansas City area is expected to get up to 6 inches of snow, it should be over by the time the Kansas City Chiefs begin their National Football League playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon. As conditions improve, Saturday and Sunday, Benz said crews will come by again to clear the snow. In St. Louis on Friday night, parts of I-44, I-55, I-64 and I-70 were partially closed because of current snowfall, and more is on the way. Half an inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted.

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The storm was expected to continue into Sunday evening.

The system was spreading into the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday afternoon. 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.

Several inches of heavy snow fell most of the day, blanketing the area.

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

"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.

Washington, Baltimore brace for snow; storm kills 4 people in Missouri