KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Few signs of spring are being found in parts of the Midwest as a snowstorm tracks eastward mostly along Interstate 70, bringing heavy snow and high winds.
Two people killed in weather-related crashes were identified, dozens of Palm Sunday services were canceled throughout Missouri, and about 100 flights were scrapped at Lambert Field in St. Louis. Winter storm warnings and advisories were issued for Sunday and today as far east as Pennsylvania.
Snow began falling Sunday afternoon in Indiana, with accumulations of 6 to 10 inches predicted. The system was expected to move into Ohio on Sunday night, bringing between 5 to 9 inches.
The storm dumped 7 to 9 inches of snow from eastern Kansas into central Missouri before tapering off Sunday morning, said Dan Hawblitzel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in suburban Kansas City.
In the central Missouri town of Columbia, TV station KOMU was briefly evacuated Sunday morning because of high winds and a heavy buildup of snow on the broadcast tower next to the building. And Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced he was canceling a couple of events planned for today because of the weather.
By early Sunday evening, St. Louis had about a foot and northern suburbs from 12 to 14 inches, with 1 to 2 more inches expected, said Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist in St. Louis.
Some parts of central Illinois already had received 6 to 10 inches by Sunday evening and could receive 1 to 2 more inches, Sieveking said.
The storm also was brushing northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Before it exits off the coast of New Jersey tonight, the storm could leave 2 to 4 inches in that state as well as in Delaware, northern Maryland and southern New York.
It’s definitely a wide-hitting system, Hawblitzel said.
To the west, parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas spent Sunday digging out from 10 to 15 inches of snow that were dumped there Saturday. Southwestern Nebraska got up to 7 inches.
Winds gusting at speeds of up to 45 mph created snow drifts of 2 to 3 feet in the three states, according to Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan.