Winter storm slams mid-Atlantic states after walloping Midwest

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Metro areas that are included in warnings are Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Roanoke and Greensboro - these areas are most likely to see unsafe travel conditions and heavy snow and/or ice according to The Weather Channel.

A winter storm had dropped more than seven inches of snow on Kansas City, Missouri, by 6am on January 12, according to the National Weather Service.

"We have a strong snowstorm that's stretching 1,400 miles from Kansas to the East Coast", CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed at St. Louis Lambert International Airport over the weekend, while United Airlines offered travel waivers for passengers changing flights across the path of the storm. "D.C. will end up having at least a day and a half [of snow]. we don't have that many snow events that last that long".

Gia has most of the midwest in a winter storm warning, with anticipated snowfall ranging from 3 inches to more than a foot.

The storm has forced the delay or cancellation of hundreds of flights with more expected Sunday.

Missouri and Kansas took the brunt of the storm on Friday and Saturday, while snow also fell steadily across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Crew members with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Cole County and Jefferson City did their best to keep roads clear. Auto accidents resulting from icy, snow-covered roads were already being reported on Saturday evening.

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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.

"There could be a period of ice that we're concerned about across portions of central North Carolina and back into the mountains", he added.

Between 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis had responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

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

"There is a winter weather advisory in effect along and south of (Interstate)-80 for Saturday", the weather service said in a statement.

In a tweet Saturday morning, the patrol said it also had responded to 48 injuries, 723 crashes, 1,252 stranded motorists and 2,968 calls for service.

The University of Missouri men's basketball game Saturday at the University of SC was moved to Sunday because of weather-related travel problems, the team tweeted.