Midwestern states brace for winter storm to hit the region

Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of United States

Airports in Indianapolis and Kansas City, Missouri, also saw above-average cancellations as the storm tracked across the nation's midsection.

In a tweet, Missouri State Highway Patrol stated they had responded to 221 calls for assistance and urged residents to remain at home to prevent further crashes.

A winter storm that buried the US Midwest in snow has resulted in at least five roadway deaths. They said among those killed in the crashes were a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose auto slid into the path of a semitrailer on Friday in Clinton, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Sally Johnson, a meteorologist in St. Louis, says the storm has the potential to drop the most snow in five or six years. Another woman died when her auto slid on USA 24 in northern Missouri and was hit by an oncoming SUV.

On Twitter @RfM_09 tweeted a video of motorists in rush hour experiencing difficulties on the roads, 'Snow storm in St. Louis!

In Kansas, the Highway Patrol said a 62-year-old man died after his pickup truck skidded on the Kansas Turnpike and hit a concrete barrier.

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.

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A massive winter storm hit the U.S. Rockies and Plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation "havoc" in the middle of the country.

Central and northern Virginia will receive even more, with up to 10 inches of snow possible in some places.

The National Weather Service says snow was to begin about 3 p.m.in southwestern IL and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by early Saturday.

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.

A snowstorm that pounded St. Louis early Saturday is headed east, where it's expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore through Sunday, forecasters said.

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.

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