Snowstorm pounding St. Louis has Washington and Baltimore in its sights

National Weather Service St. Louis winter storm update as of noon Friday Jan. 11 2019

St. Louis was expected to get another half inch of snow Saturday night and perhaps two-tenths of an inch on Sunday, CNN's Shackelford said.

The storm barrelled through parts of the Midwest, with eastern Kansas and western Missouri seeing their highest snow totals in several years, according to the National Weather Service.

Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz said the forecast the county used estimated Mid-Missouri could receive up to 15 inches of snow.

St. Louis residents are digging out from a major snowstorm that buried the region with almost a foot of snow over the weekend. "We're going to see a significant snow event for the mid-Atlantic to start the year for 2019".

There are more than 40 million now under winter storm alerts, in what is the first big winter storm of the season for most areas.

More than 1,200 motorists in Missouri were stranded and there were four deaths on the roads, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a tweet on Saturday.

State police said the surplus vehicle's driver died at the scene.

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.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that Northern Missouri and central IL will be hit the hardest.

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In Kansas City, Missouri, "we are up to 7.2 inches of snow so far with this storm", the local National Weather Service office said at 7 a.m. ET.

Virginia State Police said they responded to more than 300 traffic crashes and helped almost 200 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to late Sunday afternoon.

Washington, where many federal government offices are closed because of the US government shutdown, is expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow when the storm arrives there, according to the National Weather Service.

The Appalachians will pick up some snow and sleet in Virginia, down through North Carolina and Tennessee. They are warning of possible travel difficulties due to snow-covered and slippery roads.

In a suburb of Chicago, Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert was standing outside his patrol auto at the scene of a three-car crash when a driver struck him, authorities say.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday in anticipation of snow and ice accumulation, transportation problems and power outages in the state.

Kyle Haraugh, of NFL Films, clears snow from a camera location at Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019.

Gia is expected to bring additional snow to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic by Sunday evening, the Weather Channel reported. "More cancellations are likely on Saturday and Sunday", airport officials said.

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