Winter storm sweeps US Midwest : 5 killed in crashes

Chicago, Jan 13 : A winter storm has swept through the US Midwest where at least five persons were killed in road crashes.The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri and Illinois.

Snow is covering roads and making driving dangerous. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was reported in St. Louis.

Missouri was worst hit and most of the flights at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis were either cancelled or delayed.

By Saturday afternoon, Missouri troopers had responded to more than 3,000 calls for help, involving more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles.

In central Missouri, about 12,000 households and businesses suffered power failure at one point, media reported.

The snowstorm also hit Chicago, the third largest US city, which has put a winter weather advisory.

It is expected that the storm will bring three to six inches of snow to Washington D.C. and some areas in northern and central parts of Maryland on Sunday .

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