A massive winter storm occurred in the weekend across several Midwest states in the U.S.
The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous. Part of Interstate 44 near St. Louis was blocked for several hours Saturday. Between 5 and 10 inches of snow expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday. heavy snow could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia. At least seven people were killed in crashes on slick roads in Kansas and Missouri.
They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose car slid into the path of a semi trailer in Clinton, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, on Friday. Missouri troopers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help through early Saturday afternoon, including more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles. The storm left thousands without power. The Columbia Water and Light Department warned Saturday evening that power may not be restored until Tuesday for many of the 9,000 customers. The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter for those without power at Broadway Christian Church. The storm dropped 15 inches of snow over 24 hours through noon Saturday at Columbia Regional Airport, the fourth-largest total in a 24-hour period since local record keeping began in 1889.