Winter Storm Gia Smacks Into Midwest and Mid-Atlantic

A major winter storm slammed into the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states over the weekend, leaving at least 8 dead in weather-related traffic accidents. One of those killed was an Illinois State Trooper. There were flights canceled, power outages as Winter Storm Gia moved from Kansas and Nebraska on Friday east to Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana on Saturday. Sunday morning it had moved to the mid-Atlantic. [Note: The Weather Channel named the storm “Gia”].

Illinois State Trooper Christopher Lambert, 34, was killed by a passing car when he stopped to help another motorist on his way home.

According to the Weather Channel,

More than 63,000 Missouri customers and almost 30,000 households in Kansasremained without power Sunday morning, according to In North Carolina, where Gia was coating trees with ice, almost 138,000 customers had lost power. More than 16,000 customers in Virginia had no electricity.

Missouri was hit hard, with 12 inches in St Louis, and 18 inches in Columbia.
In Columbia, Missouri, a plane slide off the runway. Passengers had to be escorted off the plane a few at a time as the bus came to pick them up.

Along Interstate 44 in Missouri, troopers stated at one point that the highway was blocked and cars were backed up in waits that could take up to 8 hours. Media reports stated that the highway was virtually impassable due to slick conditions.

Photo via Missouri State Highway Patrol

According to the Daily Mail US,

Missouri troopers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help through early Saturday afternoon, including more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles.

Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

In central Missouri, officials said about 12,000 households and businesses were without power in Columbia and the surrounding area at one point.

Currently, Winter Storm Gia has officially arrived in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. It is expected to bring 5-10 inches of snow.

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