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Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

AP  |  St. Louis 

A massive snowstorm making its way across the Midwest and into the region dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Missouri and contributed to at least five deaths, authorities said Saturday.

The moved into and from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous.

Part of Interstate 44 near was blocked for several hours Saturday, and at one point the Missouri State Highway Patrol warned of traffic delays as long as eight hours.

The was expected to spread east into the region, with between 7 and 15 centimeters of snow expected in the area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

Forecasters said heavier snow and higher amounts could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as and Staunton, had gotten the worst of the by Saturday, with the reporting more than 30.48 centimetres of snow Saturday morning in some places around and Jefferson City, and more than 45 centimetres in

At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in and Missouri. They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose car slid into the path of a semitrailer in Clinton, about 130 kilometres southeast of City, on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Another woman died when her car slid on U.S. 24 in and was hit by an oncoming SUV.

In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pickup truck skidded on the and hit a concrete barrier, according to the patrol. Another crash involving two semitrailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old from Mexico, the patrol said.

"We're anticipating still more snow through today, so we're asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in suburban

"If you do have to get out on the road, we're asking you to do three things: Have your cellphone fully charged, wear your seat belt and slow your speed for the conditions."

Missouri troopers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help through early Saturday afternoon, including more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles. State Police said troopers along the across from have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed.

In central Missouri, officials said about 12,000 households and businesses were without power in and the surrounding area at one point.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 03:25 IST