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Winter Storm Gia Spreading Snow, Ice Across the Mid-Atlantic Into Sunday Night
Published: January 13, 2019
Winter Storm Gia will continue to dump snow and ice on the mid-Atlantic region into Sunday night before the storm moves off the East Coast early Monday.
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Snow continues to fall from the Ohio Valley eastward into the mid-Atlantic region as of Sunday evening.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect across parts of the mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians. These warnings and advisories are issued by the National Weather Service when impactful winter weather conditions are expected, including hazardous travel.
Winter Weather Alerts
Parts of the Washington D.C. metro area had seen 4 to 8 inches of snow as of Sunday afternoon. Dulles International Airport had picked up 7.1 inches of snow as of 1 p.m. EST Sunday while Reagan National Airport had measured 5.4 inches in that same timeframe.
The last time Reagan National Airport recorded a 5-plus-inch snowfall was in January 2016 during Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped 17.8 inches in our nation's capital.
Freezing rain coated tree branches and power lines in parts of northwestern and north-central North Carolina, including around Greensboro and Winston-Salem, downing some trees and knocking out power.
Gia's heaviest snow total was 20 inches in Montgomery City, Missouri, Friday into Saturday. You can find more details on snow reports from Gia at the bottom of this article.
Here is our latest thinking on what to expect from Winter Storm Gia into Sunday night.
- Light snow may linger over the mid-Atlantic Sunday night.
- All the snow will end by Monday morning, but travel could still be impacted during the morning commute in some areas due to below-freezing temperatures.
- Impacted cities: Baltimore | Richmond, Virginia | Washington D.C. | Cincinnati
Snow and Ice Forecast
- Most areas in the mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians will see less than 3 inches of additional snow into Sunday night.
Additional Snowfall Forecast
Winter Storm Gia Recap
Gia was named late afternoon on Jan. 10 as the number of people in winter storm warnings surpassed 2 million, the population criteria used to trigger naming this winter storm. The amount of people in warnings at one point surpassed 30 million.
Gia developed in the southern Rockies and southern Plains as a surface low-pressure system met cold, arctic air over the northern tier of the country. Snow first developed in the higher terrain of northern New Mexico late on Jan. 10, with snow soon following in Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.
Snow began in Denver on the morning of Jan. 11, and while the airport reported only an inch of snowfall, much of the Denver metro area saw 2 to 5 inches. Much higher totals were reported in the higher terrain west and southwest of Denver, including up to 18 inches near Shaffers Crossing, Colorado.
As the low-pressure system departed from the Rockies, it also was able to interact with colder air and ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Snow spread from the Front Range of Colorado eastward across the Plains and into the Ozarks and Midwest.
Moderate to heavy snow snarled evening commutes on Jan. 11 in St. Louis and, to a lesser degree, Kansas City, Missouri.
Gia brought traffic to a standstill in the St. Louis metro area overnight Jan. 11 and early Jan. 12, stranding motorists for hours, and vehicle accidents were reported due to snowfall and slick roads. Ice accumulation also downed trees and power lines in parts of south-central Missouri.
Kansas City, Missouri, picked up generally 4 to 10 inches of snow between Jan. 11-12. Kansas City International Airport reported 4.1 inches, but it picked up some of the lowest amounts of snow in the metro area.
The snow didn't seem to stop fans from piling into Arrowhead Stadium before the NFL's AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 12.
A stretch from Columbia, Missouri, to the St. Louis metro area received 10 to 20 inches of snow Jan. 11-12. St. Louis reported 10.9 inches of snow.
Snow also pushed eastward through the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic Jan. 12-13.
Here are a few selected snowfall totals as of Sunday afternoon:
- Arkansas: 0.20 inches of ice in Kingston
- Colorado: 18 inches near Shaffers Crossing; 2 to 5 inches in Denver
- Delaware: 5.1 inches in Newark
- Illinois: 16 inches near Jacksonville; 12.2 inches near Peoria; 6.4 inches near Chicago's Midway Airport
- Indiana: 10 inches in Liberty and Versailles; 8.3 inches in Muncie (Ball State); 6.9 inches in Indianapolis
- Iowa: 14.5 inches near Udell; 6.4 inches in Davenport; 5.5 inches in Des Moines
- Kansas: 12 inches in Saint Peter;10.5 inches in Garden City
- Kentucky: 8.7 inches at Northern Kentucky International Airport (Covington); 2.1 inches in Louisville and Lexington
- Maryland: 6.8 inches in Bethesda; 5.6 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Airport; 0.10 inches of ice in Callaway
- Michigan: 3 inches near Buchanon; 0.01 inches of ice near Norway
- Missouri: 20 inches in Montgomery City; 16.2 inches in Columbia; 10.9 inches in St. Louis; 8.5 inches at NWS-Kansas City; 4.1 inches at Kansas City International Airport; 0.44 inches of ice near Pomona
- Nebraska: 14 inches in Sterling; 13 inches in Nebraska City; 6.5 inches near Lincoln
- New Jersey: 5 inches near Hammonton
- New Mexico: 12 inches near Talpa; 11 inches in Taos
- North Carolina: 0.25 to 0.50 inches of ice in northwestern and north-central North Carolina; downed trees and power outages reported
- Ohio: 12.6 inches near Logan; 6.2 inches in Dayton; 4.8 inches near Cincinnati
- Oklahoma: 2.5 inches in Beaver
- Pennsylvania: 5.5 inches near Morrisville; 1.3 inches in Pittsburgh
- Virginia: 7.1 inches at Dulles International Airport in Reston; 0.50 inches of ice near Coleman Falls
- West Virginia: 5.9 inches near Bloomery; 0.25 inches of ice in Bluefield, Shady Spring and Hinton
- Wyoming: 1.3 inches in Glenrock
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