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Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of US

Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of US

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

Those lanes remained closed at 4:30 p.m.at the highway's intersection with State Road 25, but Hampton said they were expected to reopen to traffic by early evening once the crash site is cleaned up.

Sally Johnson, a meteorologist in St. Louis, says the storm has the potential to drop the most snow in five or six years.

A mass email from Chancellor Robert Jones went out to students around noon Friday, noting that the National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for much of IL that extends well into the weekend.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed due to the US government shutdown, is expected to receive 15 cm to 20 cm of snow from this storm, according to the National Weather Service. Sleet, snow and ice can will make traveling conditions hazardous if not impossible. Forecasters said heavy snow could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia. 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.

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




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

At least four people have died and scores of motorists were injured and stranded, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. A foot was recorded in Columbia and 17 inches in Harrisburg as of 10 a.m. ET.

The Chicago area could start to see snowfall starting late Friday and going much of the day Saturday as most of IL was under winter storm warnings and advisories, with up to 9 inches of snow forecast for southwest parts of the state. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

In Kansas City, snow dusted the field at Arrowhead Stadium during Saturday's National Football League playoff game between the hometown Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.

Missouri's governor Mike Parson said on Twitter that he had been briefed by public safety agencies and warned drivers to stay off the roads "as our dedicated road and emergency crews continue to fight this storm".