Snowstorm targets Washington, at least five dead in U.S. Midwest

Snowstorm targets Washington, at least five dead in U.S. Midwest

Snowstorm targets Washington, at least five dead in U.S. Midwest

There is about a 10 percent chance that St. Louis will get 15 inches or more of snow, according to the National Weather Service high-end forecast.

Gia, which is what The Weather Channel is calling it, should produce heavy snow and some ice accumulation in the Rockies and more than 1,000 miles eastward to Philadelphia and New Jersey.

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.

The National Weather Service says a storm stretching from the nation's capital to Colorado could bring the highest snow totals in several years to sections of Missouri and IL.

The massive storm took its toll on highways and roads, where at least five people were killed as a result of risky driving conditions.

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St. Louis could get as much as a foot of snow by late Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters say heavier snow and higher amounts could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia.

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. It also hit parts of other states including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Workers took the truck out on area streets Friday morning to apply the solution to overpasses and bridge decks in preparation for the winter storm this weekend.

Snow will reach the mid-Atlantic by late Saturday through Sunday, but snow totals will be lower there.

As the system moves eastward, it will hand off to a second coastal storm on Sunday that will bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow to the Washington, D.C., area before it moves off the coast that night, Walker said. Lighter snow is likely over far northern IL. The southern mountains of North Carolina near SC and Georgia will likely see more rain than sleet and snow. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

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