Snow is snarling travel across the central United States as a winter storm pummels the region.
"For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm event that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 48 hours in some cases," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Heavy snow blankets central United States
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The winter storm began to unfold over the region on Friday afternoon with heavy snow and freezing rain across Missouri and Kansas. Some motorists became stranded on the snow-covered roads for hours, with additional travel delays likely through Saturday.
The weight of the heavy, wet snow could cause some trees to snap, leading to sporadic power outages.
Download the free AccuWeather app to see the start and end time of the storm as well as how much snow is predicted for your area.
9:10 p.m. CST Friday:
The highest snowfall totals with the winter storm have been centered around St. Louis where accumulations range from 4 to 8 inches. Snow will continue to accumulate into Saturday, potentially making this one of the snowiest storms on record for the city.
Sections of Interstates 44, 64 and 70 have been closed around the city, causing typically short commuted to take hours. Even vehicles that usually navigate snowy roads with ease have had difficulties driving on roads around St. Louis.
After nearly 6 hours on what should have been a 15-minute drive, I am finally home! 🙌 Sincerely appreciate everyone checking in on me. Hope everyone else has made it home! #stlwx #STLtraffic https://t.co/XURHjY7Akv— Kevin Deitsch (@KDeitsch_wx) January 12, 2019
8 p.m. CST Friday:
Snow-covered roads and major traffic backups has made it difficult for emergency crews to navigate roads across central Missouri. According to Marissa Thomas, who has been stuck on Interstate 44 since at least 3 p.m. CST, an ambulance got stuck in the snow when trying to pass on the shoulder.
6:50 p.m. CST Friday:
Significant travel delays are causing headaches for divers on Interstate 44 west of St. Louis. Traffic is backed up for miles due to accidents on snow-covered roads with some people being stuck on the highway for nearly 4 hours. Some motorists have abandoned their cars along the side of the highway.
People around St. Louis should avoid travel unless absolutely necessary until road conditions improve.
ST LOUIS SNOW: big problems on I64/I55 intersection a few miles east of downtown as heavy snow continues! 8-12" by tomorrow minimum in STL. We are getting hammered! Live coverage on @accuweather @breakingweather #StLouis #snow #snowstorm pic.twitter.com/cUzMtRO8Iv— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 12, 2019
6:10 p.m. CST Friday:
Saturday's basketball game between South Carolina and Missouri has been postponed due to winter storm. The game will be rescheduled for a future date.
Due to weather related travel issues for Missouri, tomorrow's contest scheduled for 1 PM is postponed. South Carolina and Missouri are in communication with the SEC on rescheduling and updates will be released when available.— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) January 11, 2019
5:15 p.m. CST Friday:
There have already been over 80 cancellations and 70 delays at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport today, according to FlightStats.com. Some flights to and from the airport have already canceled for Saturday.
A plane slid off the runway at Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri, on Friday afternoon amid snowy conditions. Both runways were forced to close following the incident, according to ABC17. No injuries were reported, and all passengers were safely returned to the terminal.
Highway 40/64 is horrible right now. Between Mason and 141, the traffic is stopped due to icy hills and stuck tractor trailers. Do your self a favor and stay off the roads for a while. These are east and west shots. @ksdknews pic.twitter.com/Quesk6Y8Zj— Rick Meyer (@RickMeyerKSDK) January 11, 2019
4 p.m. CST Friday:
Heavy snow has arrived in St. Louis and is disrupting travel across the city. Numerous accidents have been reported and have caused backups on roads, such as Interstate 44. Travel conditions will continue to deteriorate into Friday night as snow continues to accumulate on roads.
WOW road conditions already brutal on I44 with major traffic backups west of St Louis with several hours of 1" per hour or greater snowfall rates still ahead! Video is from @WXgage approaching STL from the west. I am approaching from south. Live coverage on @accuweather #snow pic.twitter.com/IOzFMTZclT— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 11, 2019
This snowstorm has the potential to be one of the biggest snowstorms on record for St. Louis with records dating back into the 1800s.