The tri-state area of Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio is under a winter storm warning, with many areas already declaring a snow emergency before the storm is expected to hit on Saturday, according to Fox 19 in Cincinnati.
Snow totals are to taper to the northeast with parts of southwest IL forecast to receive up to 9 inches and the Chicago area expected to get between 1 and 4 inches.
"We have a strong snowstorm that's stretching 1,400 miles from Kansas to the East Coast", CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Lambert, a five-year veteran of the state police who previously served in the Army, died later at a hospital.
Trees covered in snow are seen as a vehicle drives in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019, in this still image obtained from social media video.
There are more than 40 million now under winter storm alerts, in what is the first big winter storm of the season for most areas.
At least four people have died and scores of motorists were injured and stranded, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle lost control due to slick road conditions on Saturday night in Pulaski County, leading the vehicle to be struck by two tractor-trailers.
In a lighter storm-related moment, the Chiefs released a video of quarterback Patrick Mahomes strolling through the snow at Arrowhead Stadium.
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Philadelphia is expected to receive a few inches of snow, but areas north of there are expected to be spared, Orrison added. In Columbia, Mo., an American Airlines flight slid off the runway, one Twitter user reported.
Over a foot of snow has fallen across areas of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado since Friday.
Washington, where many federal government offices are closed because of the USA government shutdown, is expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow when the storm arrives there, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm that blanketed the Midwest with snow and left seven dead hit Washington and its surrounding areas Sunday - with more than 35 million people under winter weather alerts. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis have responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.
State Police Director Leo Schmitz told reporters that 34-year-old Christopher Lambert was headed home when he pulled over and got out of his squad vehicle to respond to the accident.
Springfield's State Journal-Register reports the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday.
The storm has forced the delay or cancellation of hundreds of flights with more expected Sunday.