Travel Plans Freeze as Winter Storm Gia Strikes the Midwest

Is it a snowstorm or a blizzard

On Saturday, officials reported almost 11 inches of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed.

Areas around St. Louis, Missouri were affected the hardest, with Reuters reporting that a foot and a half of snow was recorded west of the city.

With snow already falling in the nation's capital Saturday, updated forecasts for total snowfall jumped from 2-4 inches to 8-12 inches, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said.

The storm was expected to travel along a narrow 1,500-mile-long path stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast over the weekend. If travel is necessary please refer to MoDot's interactive road map here: Missouri DOT Road Conditions.

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The massive storm took its toll on highways and roads, where at least five people were killed as a result of unsafe driving conditions.

Central and northern Virginia will receive even more, with up to 10 inches of snow possible in some places.

"This storm may become an overachiever when it comes to snow and ice". In Columbia, 15.5 inches were reported and Harrisburg had 17 inches. It would be the most snow the city has had in a single storm since 2014 when a January blizzard dumped 10.8 inches. The department reported incidents and stalls on interstates overnight. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started mid afternoon, 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.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport spokesman Jeff Lea says airlines are canceling dozens of flights through Saturday morning. "More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday", airport officials said.

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Along with Washington and Baltimore, Philadelphia is predicted to get 1 to 2 inches of snow, and there is a possibility of light accumulation in NY along the storm's northern edge.

The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said.

There is a small chance that the southern Appalachians get enough freezing rain and sleet to turn into an ice event Saturday into Sunday.

AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger said in a blog post: "In much of swath from Missouri to southern OH, this will heavy and wet and a strain to shovel".

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