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

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(CNN)A snowstorm that pounded St. Louis early Saturday is headed east, where it’s expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore through Sunday, forecasters said.

St. Louis recorded 10.1 inches of snow by 10 a.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri, including Columbia with a foot and Harrisburg with 17 inches.
The snow will shift later Saturday to the East Coast, with 4 to 6 inches predicted for Washington and 2 to 3 inches for Baltimore, forecasters said.
    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.
    “We have a strong snowstorm that’s stretching 1,400 miles from Kansas to the East Coast,” CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. “St. Louis is seeing its worse snowstorm in five years. We’re going to see a significant snow event for the mid-Atlantic to start the year for 2019.”
    More than 65 million people are under a winter storm advisory, watch or warning.
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    Snow accumulation is forecast through Sunday from St. Louis to Washington.

    Snow accumulation is forecast through Sunday from St. Louis to Washington.

    St. Louis blues

    St. Louis could get as much as a foot of snow by late Saturday, the National Weather Service said. It would be the most snow a single storm has dumped on the city since 2014 when a January blizzard left 10.8 inches. 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.

    Many areas across eastern Kansas and western Missouri saw their highest snow totals in several years last night. pic.twitter.com/mRtwqx4cUl

    — NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) January 12, 2019

    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.
    The snow is due to taper off by 4:35 p.m. ET when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL playoff game, Brink 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.

    9PM: Some routes are closed as the storm progresses. Our crews will be working throughout the evening, so be sure to give them plenty of room.

    DO NOT TRAVEL in this storm if you don't need to. If you must, check conditions at https://t.co/fvVRsDlqzr or on the free mobile app. pic.twitter.com/9tHhtzOCHy

    — MoDOT (@MoDOT) January 12, 2019

    The Missouri Department of Transportation warned residents not to travel in the storm if it isn’t necessary. As of early Friday evening, 50 accidents had been reported, Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said on Twitter.
    The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring “water and food to stranded motorists.”

    I-44 westbound past 141 still crawling at 9am. Here’s why: pic.twitter.com/Sidngtbj5s

    — Mark Griffin (@mgriffin_kmov) January 12, 2019

    At St. Louis Lambert International Airport, “a winter storm has forced dozens of cancellations across all airlines at STL. More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday,” airport officials said.
    The University of Missouri men’s basketball game at the University of South Carolina was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted.

    As #WinterStormGia continues to make its way through #STL, airlines have cancelled some arrivals and departures at the #stlairport. Check flight status with your airline before coming to the airport. #flystl Updates at: https://t.co/ZmJHxvXtzX

    — STL Airport (@flystl) January 12, 2019

    Storm heads east

    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 New York along the storm’s northern edge.
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    The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said. A half inch of ice and 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted.
      There is a small chance the southern Appalachians will get enough freezing rain and sleet to turn into an ice event Saturday into Sunday.
      More heavy rain also will fall on the already-saturated South. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

      CNN meteorologist Judson Jones contributed to this report.

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