5 dead after massive snowstorm pummels US Midwest (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The storm blanketed Kansas and Missouri on Friday, with heavy snowfall continuing into Saturday. It also hit parts of other states including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
Areas around St. Louis, Missouri were affected the hardest, with Reuters reporting that a foot and a half of snow was recorded west of the city.
The massive storm took its toll on highways and roads, where at least five people were killed as a result of dangerous driving conditions.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in a tweet on Saturday that it has responded to 3,918 calls for service, 1,790 stranded motorists, 878 crashes, and 57 injuries.
As of 2:00 pm this afternoon, MSHP has responded to:— MSHP General HQ (@MSHPTrooperGHQ) January 12, 2019
• 3918 calls for service
• 1790 stranded motorists
• 878 crashes
• 57 injuries
* 4 fatalities
PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL. While roads are improving, many are still snow covered. Road conditions at https://t.co/ZDpgnCCZGCpic.twitter.com/y27n6kj0qv
Facing an insurmountable onslaught of snow, some commuters in the St. Louis area reportedly abandoned their vehicles – adding to the traffic mayhem resulting from the storm.
Slow #STLtraffic and wrecked/abandoned vehicles on Tesson Ferry about 2mi south of St. Anthony's Hospital. Road is a mix of dense slush and slick hard pack. Snow depth is currently around 6.5in with drifts of about 8in @NWSStLouis. #stlwxpic.twitter.com/OMrnI5HLTF— Alex Elmore (@thunderhead_wx) January 12, 2019
Drivers weren’t the only ones negatively affected by the extreme weather conditions: Dozens of flights were cancelled at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which described the snowstorm as one of the largest on record.
One of our biggest, single-day #winterstorms in years! Team effort by #stlairport, #airport and #airline partners crews. All out #huSTLe through night and through this morning to keep airfield safe and operational. @SouthwestAir@Delta@AmericanAir@united#stlouis pic.twitter.com/5PZJlfKW0u— STL Airport (@flystl) January 12, 2019
The storm is now moving east towards Washington DC and Baltimore. Car accidents resulting from icy, snow-covered roads were already being reported on Saturday evening.
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