Winter Storm Gia Causing Snow Emergency Across The Country

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"This is not the first storm we've had in the St. Louis area", Panus, who is with the St. Louis County Police Department of Emergency Management, said by telephone.

With a winter storm brewing, the University of IL urged students to wait until Sunday to return to campus if they couldn't get back to Champaign-Urbana by Friday evening.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning for areas of central and southern IL including Springfield, Champaign and Carbondale.

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

Said Jones: "I hope your holiday was relaxing and fun, and I look forward to seeing you back on campus - but not until you can get here safely".

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A snowstorm that pounded St. Louis early Saturday is headed east, where it's expected to blanket Washington and Baltimore through Sunday, forecasters said.

Over 20 million people were in the path of the storm, the Weather Service said.

The central United States is being bombarded by snow as a winter storm hits the area. Cars can't get up the highway!' "St. Louis is seeing its worse snowstorm in five years". Missouri received 10.8 inches on January 5-6, 2014, and 12.4 inches on March 23-24, 2013.

Already, significant impacts have been felt through the mid-Mississippi Valley, where some 800 motorists were stranded during Friday's evening commute in St. Louis, Missouri.

"The storm is expected to create havoc over the central part of the country, then extend eastward into the Mid-Atlantic states", said Randy Adkins, an AccuWeather meteorologist.

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At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed.

Snow totals are to taper to the northeast with parts of southwest IL forecast to receive up to 9 inches and the Chicago area expected to get between 1 and 4 inches.

The Chicago area is expected to get between 1 and 4 inches and much of central IL was expected to receive 6 to 8 inches.

He says that since the snow began falling Friday, troopers in District 11 in southwestern IL have been called to 114 crashes and a total of 261 incidents, many of which involved vehicles that had veered off roadways into ditches. It says locally higher amounts of snowfall are possible.

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