The National Weather Service reported almost a half-inch of ice in some sections of western North Carolina, leading to fallen trees and power lines but other areas of the state got mostly a cold rain or freezing precipitation that caused few problems The wintry mix did, however, cause problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.
A massive winter storm hit the US Rockies and Plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation "havoc" in the middle of the country.
By late morning Saturday, officials had reported almost 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, where most flights were canceled or delayed. "D.C. will end up having at least a day and a half [of snow]. we don't have that many snow events that last that long".
A thick blanket of snow covered most of the state Saturday as local emergency managers did their best to fend off the fierce winter storm.
State police said they responded to 900 crashes by late afternoon.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that Northern Missouri and central IL will be hit the hardest.
St. Louis could get as much as a foot of snow by late Saturday, the National Weather Service said. More than a foot of snow fell in some regions of the Midwest.
"This storm may become an overachiever when it comes to snow and ice".
In Kansas City, Missouri, 7 inches of snow was reported early Saturday afternoon. Parts of the state had received up to 15 inches of snow by that point.
The Appalachians will pick up ice and snow in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, forecasters said.
Authorities in Kansas said at least 3 people died in crashes on slick roadways, while at least 4 deaths were reported by authorities in neighboring Missouri. Another crash involving two semitrailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico, the patrol said.
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.
The wintry mix was also causing problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation's capital.