Meanwhile, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it has responded to almost 4,000 calls for help and rescued almost 1,800 stranded motorists. In Columbia, 15.5 inches were reported and Harrisburg had 17 inches. Four to 6 inches are predicted for Washington and 2 to 3 inches for Baltimore, they 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. "St. Louis is seeing its worse snowstorm in five years".
The weather system, which started as rain from Mexico but has since turned into snow, is forecast to affect an 2,900 km swath of the United States from Colorado to the Mid-Atlantic. More than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow has fallen in some places around St. Louis.
Missouri isn't the only state being hit by this traveling snow storm.
Gia, which is what The Weather Channel is calling it, should produce heavy snow and some ice accumulation in the Rockies and more than 1,000 miles eastward to Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Up to 18 inches (45 cm) of snow were expected in the Sangre de Cristo mountains south of Denver, according to the National Weather Service.
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The storm was pretty much over by late afternoon when the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Indianapolis Colts in an National Football League playoff game, but seats in Arrowhead Stadium were still covered in snow and fans tailgated under tents in the stadium parking lot.
"There's snow time like Showtime", the Chiefs said on Twitter, sharing video of the team's quarterback Patrick Mahomes arriving at the stadium in the snow. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday night to help the state of Virginia prepare. But it cited progress Saturday morning as crews worked to clear routes and bring "water and food to stranded motorists".
Drivers weren't the only ones negatively affected by the extreme weather conditions: Dozens of flights were cancelled at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which described the snowstorm as one of the largest on record. "More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday", airport officials said.
The University of Missouri men's basketball game at the University of SC was also canceled Saturday because of weather-related travel issues, according to the team's Twitter account. Lighter snow is likely over far northern IL.
"This storm may become an overachiever when it comes to snow and ice".