Winter Storm Gia forecast: Monster snowstorm to span half the US

Winter Storm Gia forecast: Monster snowstorm to span half the US

Winter Storm Gia forecast: Monster snowstorm to span half the US

Northern Missouri and central IL will be hit the hardest, potentially seeing more than 8 inches of snow by Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported Friday morning. "The snow will be wet and clinging in nature".

More than 40 million people are now under winter storm alerts, according to meteorologist Kelly Cass Winter.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday. Much of the day will be dry and no issues are expected outside of the mountains and possibly a little in the foothills.

As for snowfall accumulations, a general three to six inches is expected. Those in the area should expect heavier amounts Saturday and overnight.

- The Philadelphia area is slated for a frigid Saturday with light snow on the way. The foothills and areas near Virginia border will likely see 1-2 inches of snow and sleet.

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- After what was a quiet start to 2019, winter is starting to make some noise around the Washington, D.C. region going into the middle of January.

A system will bring accumulating snow and ice to the region. Conditions in eastern Missouri were expected to be worse, with 8 to 12 inches of snow possible in the St. Louis area, according to the National Weather Service.

Winter storm warnings have been issued for the following counties: Davie, Alamance, Surry, Forsyth, Caswell, Wilkes, Yadkin, Guilford, Stokes and Rockingham.

Amtrak on Friday canceled two train routes between St. Louis and Kansas City scheduled for Saturday morning.

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