Forecasters said heavy snow could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Va. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday night to help the state of Virginia prepare. Officials are warning of downed trees, power outages and impacts on transportation.
Missouri was by far the hardest hit in a massive snow storm that stretched some 2,000 miles across the nation from Colorado to the Atlantic Ocean. He attributes the extended intensity of the storm to its shape.
Missouri and Kansas took the brunt of the storm on Friday and Saturday, while snow also fell steadily across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The highest snowfall totals were in Montgomery City, Missouri, northwest of St. Louis, which was hit with 20 inches of snow.
The storm froze bridges, knocked down trees and stranded drivers on blocked highways, including I-65 in IN and I-44 in Missouri.
In a tweet Saturday night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it had responded to 57 injuries, 878 crashes, 1,790 stranded motorists and 3,918 calls for service.
According to MoDOT, snow plows accompanied by highway patrol vehicles drove backward down the interstate to reach affected areas.
Another woman died when her auto slid on US 24 in northern Missouri and was hit by an oncoming SUV.
Another crash involving two semitrailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico.
In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started at midafternoon, but stadium crews worked for hours before the game to clear the stadium's lot, field and seats in anticipation of a full house for the playoff game.
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The storm disrupted air travelers as well as those on the road.
The storm that began in parts of the Midwest on Friday snarled traffic on highways with a deadly mix of sleet and slush, left thousands without power and canceled dozens of flights. In Columbia, Mo., an American Airlines flight slid off the runway, one Twitter user reported.
The storm knocked out power for almost 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us.
The State of Emergency allows utility workers to restore power quicker because it limits restrictions to truck weight, size, and hours of service.
In Virginia, a 73-year-old Georgia man died Saturday, reports the AP, citing state police.
Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 due to slick road conditions.
Additionally, many roads are considered to be hazardous, and "people who do not need to travel are urged to stay off the roads", the news release stated.
Trees covered in snow are seen as a auto drives in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019, in this still image obtained from social media video.