Fatal road crashes as storm dumps deep snow on US Midwest

St Louis:  A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday.

The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous.

Missouri had the worst of the storm by Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting more than 30 centimetres of snow Saturday morning in some places around St. Louis and Jefferson City, and more than 45 cm Columbia.

A groundskeeper brushes snow off seats at Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game in Kansas City on Saturday.Credit:AP

At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri. They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose car slid into the path of a semi-trailer  south-east of Kansas City, on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Another woman died when her car slid in northern Missouri and was hit by an oncoming SUV.

In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pickup truck skidded  and hit a concrete barrier, according to the patrol. Another crash involving two semi-trailers in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico, the patrol said.

"We're anticipating still more snow through today, so we're asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Collin Stosberg. "If you do have to get out on the road, we're asking you to do three things: Have your cellphone fully charged, wear your seat belt and slow your speed for the conditions."

AP

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