5 Dead as Winter Storm Slams Parts of the Midwest

A winter storm pummeled parts of the Midwest on Saturday, turning roads into a snowy as well as slushy mess which has contributed to the deaths of at least 5 people, the authorities said.

The storm is actually required to head toward the Mid-Atlantic States, with several inches of snow forecast for Washington, D.C., as well as much of Virginia. In Missouri, up to 17 inches of snow had fallen within the central part of the state, the National Weather Service said.

Winter storm warnings extended across a widespread portion of the United States: through central Kansas, across areas of the Midwest as well as into southwestern Ohio, the Weather Service said. The warnings also stretched through the central as well as southern Appalachians to eastern Virginia. As the storm moved east, some in Washington sought to stock their shelves in preparation for its arrival.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported more than 800 vehicle crashes as well as four fatalities. This kind of also responded to almost 1,800 stranded drivers. Officials warned drivers to stay off the road, citing heavy snowfall as well as freezing rain in some places.

Early on Saturday, officials warned which eastbound traffic near St. Louis was experiencing delays of six to eight hours.

Adam Dylewski, a St. Louis resident, said he spent more than three hours on the road on Friday night after trying to get through one urgent care center to another for his job as a physician assistant. He said there were countless cars spinning their wheels, fruitlessly trying to get up modest hills, as well as he saw several drivers abandon their cars in search of help.

“This kind of looked like I was in some sort of apocalyptic natural disaster movie where people were trying to flee,” Mr. Dylewski said.

The Illinois State Police said which during a period of about 20 hours This kind of responded to nearly 300 traffic crashes — of which one was fatal. In eastern Illinois, a tractor-trailer flipped as well as landed on its roof, a state trooper said in a Facebook video.

In some areas of the state, many of the vehicle crashes involved college students trying to get back to school, the Illinois State Police said. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, students were traveling to campus for the start of a completely new semester. The University of Missouri shut down its campus on Friday out of concern for staff as well as student safety.