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At least 7 dead after winter storms blanket Midwest

At least 7 dead after winter storms blanket Midwest

"For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 24 hours in some cases", said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Photos and videos posted to social media show the storm's chaotic aftermath.

St. Louis had recorded 10.4 inches of snow by 1:30 p.m. ET, with higher accumulations in other parts of Missouri.

According to the Associated Press, at least five people were killed in crashes on icy roads in Kansas and Missouri.

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.

Winter storm warnings have been issued from Kansas to southwestern OH as well as in parts of the Virginias, southern Maryland and North Carolina.

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Washington, where many federal government offices are closed because of the US government shutdown, is expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow when the storm arrives there, according to the National Weather Service.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! Southwest Virginia could see 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow.

A winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the U.S. Midwest, causing at least five roadway deaths, stranding some motorists in Missouri and canceling dozens of flights, marched east toward Washington on Saturday. Most big airlines were also waiving cancellation fees at some airports in the path of the storm.

The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, reporting Saturday morning from the interstate west of St. Louis, noted that many people remained stuck in conditions he called "horrible".

Forecasters say the nation's capital could get up to a foot of snow while they're expecting even more than that to the south.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency Saturday night in order to allow the state to be better prepared to respond to the storm.

There is a small chance the southern Appalachians will get enough freezing rain and sleet to bring an ice event Saturday into Sunday. The Southeast has seen abundant precipitation in December and January, and the additional rain could put a strain on already-high rivers.

In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pickup truck skidded on the Kansas Turnpike and hit a concrete barrier. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) on Twitter warned residents not to travel in the storm if it isn't necessary.

The University of Missouri men's basketball game Saturday at the University of SC was moved to Sunday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted.

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