Winter storm snarls Midwest roads, claims at least 7 lives

Snowstorm pounding St. Louis has Washington and Baltimore in its sights

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The storm eased up Saturday afternoon in St. Louis after dropping more than 10 inches of snow there.

The University of Missouri men's basketball game at the University of SC was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted. The team followed up later on saying the game was "tentatively rescheduled for Sunday".

A massive winter storm, stretching from the Great Plains to the East Coast, is dumping snow and causing hundreds of traffic accidents as thousands shelter under winter storm warnings. It is poised to leave a blanket of snow this weekend over more than 1,500 miles from Denver to Washington.

There are more than 40 million now under winter storm alerts, in what is the first big winter storm of the season for most areas.

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

The storm will gear up across central Colorado, then move east across the Plains. Snow totals are to taper to the northeast with parts of southwestern IL forecast to receive up to 9 inches. It would be the most snow a single storm has dumped on the city since 2014 when a January blizzard left 10.8 inches. Motorists found themselves stranded as snow-covered roads became impossible to pass.

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Forecasters say heavier snow and higher amounts could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia. Parts of IL received over a foot.

In Kansas City, Missouri, 7 inches of snow was reported early Saturday afternoon.

A few major East Coast cities are likely to see some impact, including Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and there is a possibility for light accumulation in NY along the northern edge of the storm.

Yet more snow is forecast, and the Weather Channel is predicting that St Louis could see one of it's heaviest 2 two-day snowfall events on record.

Winter storm warnings have been issued from Kansas to southwestern OH as well as in parts of the Virginias, southern Maryland and North Carolina. The southern mountains of North Carolina near SC and Georgia will likely see more rain than sleet and snow.

There is a small chance the southern Appalachians will get enough freezing rain and sleet to turn into an ice event Saturday into Sunday. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started 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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