Winter storm and snow halts travel in central United States, motorists stranded, flights delayed

 Saturday, January 12, 2019 


The winter storm started over the region on Friday afternoon bringing with it heavy snow and freezing rain across Missouri and Kansas. As per AccuWeather, there will be long-duration winter storm event that lasts more than 12 hours or even 48 hours in some cases. Several motorists were stranded on the snow-covered roads for hours. Additional travel delays are likely through Saturday. The weight of the heavy, wet snow could cause snapped trees and  sporadic power outages.




Road conditions are deteriorating across south-central Illinois as the snowstorm expands to the north and east. As per The Illinois Department of Transportation large stretches of interstates 55, 57, 64 and 72 are covered with snow and ice.




Travel remains extremely difficult and dangerous as heavy snow continues to fall throughout Missouri. A large section of Interstate 44 remains closed following numerous vehicle crashes.



Eastbound I-70 at Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Missouri has been shut down after five tractor trailers jackknifed. People are advised to avoid these areas.




Snow is spreading eastward into Kentucky and Indiana.  Snow up to 2 inches is expected to start soon in Louisville, Kentucky. Evansville, Indiana.





There are snow accumulations up to 10 inches near St. Louis making it difficult for crews to clear accidents and remove snow from jammed highways. Night travel is discouraged and Traffic remains at a complete standstill in some locations.





There have already been over 80 cancellations and 70 delays at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. A plane slid off the Columbia Regional Airport runway in Columbia, Missouri, on Friday afternoon amid snowy conditions.




Travelers are advised to stay updated with weather conditions before finalizing their plans.




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