Storm: 'Congratulations on surviving your first plane crash'
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 2:48 PM - A major winter storm is wreaking havoc on millions of Americans this weekend as it carves its way across the Midwest toward the Atlantic. While the storm's path will keep it almost entirely out of Canada, travel delays are widespread across the region, and may worsen through the weekend as larger centres are impacted.
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 National Weather Service reported 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) fell on the city through Saturday morning, with about another 10 cm to come before the storm shifts east through Saturday evening. 25 cm are in the forecast for Washington, D.C., which finds itself in the storm's sights for Sunday.
At least three fatalities were reported by Missouri State Highway Patrol through Friday evening, amid conditions that had some motorists abandoning their cars after being stuck for hours in traffic jams.
More than 1400 flight cancellations and more than 12,000 flight delays were associated with the storm on Friday alone, according to a report from Reuters. An American Airlines flight slid of the runway at a regional airport in Columbia, Missouri Friday afternoon according to a local news report. No injuries were reported; one passenger tweeted a flight crew member's assessment of the situation:
Below are some other must-see images from the heart of this massive storm.