At least 4 dead as 1,400-mile-long snowstorm heads east

At least 4 dead as 1,400-mile-long snowstorm heads east

Although the Kansas City area is expected to get up to 6 inches of snow, it should be over by the time the Kansas City Chiefs begin their National Football League playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon.

A snowstorm in the Midwest has created pandemonium on many Missouri highways on Saturday afternoon, causing almost 900 accidents and 1800 stranded motorists.

The weather service said "many areas of eastern Kansas and western Missouri saw their highest snow totals in several years". Some sleet and freezing rain arrived Friday morning in Missouri, with snow expected to fall by midday.

The system is being blamed for at least seven traffic deaths in Kansas, Missouri and IL.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that Northern Missouri and central IL will be hit the hardest.

Michael Fuehne, left, and David Fellner Jr., both of Belleville, strain as they push the vehicle of Billy Brownlee out of a pile of snow after Brownlee went sideways while making a turn in Belleville, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

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It moved from the Rockies into the Heartland Friday bringing blinding snow and treacherous driving to the region.

At least five people have died and scores were injured and stranded as a snowstorm pounded St. Louis and other parts of Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Another woman's auto slid into the path of an SUV in northern Missouri, a 62-year-old man in Kansas died after his truck skidded and hit a concrete barrier and two vehicles collided killing a 41-year-old man from Mexico. In Columbia, 15.5 inches were reported and Harrisburg had 17 inches.

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

The huge storm struck Kansas and Nebraska on Friday, before moving east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and IN on Saturday.

By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight. Columbia Power & Light said fewer than 1,000 customers remained without power as of Sunday afternoon. A winter weather advisory was in effect for Bloomington, Peoria and areas north.

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