Winter storm Gia is battering the US Midwest with snow and ice. Here's what it looks like for people on the ground.

  • Winter storm Gia is moving across the Midwest.
  • Seven people have died in weather-related crashes, Reuters reports.
  • Hundreds of flights have been canceled and thousands are without power.

The first major snowstorm of 2019 is blanketing the Midwest with snow and ice.

From Colorado to the mid-Atlantic, a 1,800-mile stretch of the US has been hit by winter storm Gia, with the Midwest taking the brunt of the blow.

Reuters reports that seven people have died in weather-related crashes and that a foot and a half of snow fell in St. Louis. Over 57,000 people in Missouri and 27,000 people in Kansas are without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to The flight tracking service Flight Aware also reported that there were over 600 flight cancellations within, into, or out of the US on Sunday.

Here’s what winter storm Gia looks like on the ground.

A plane slid off the runway at Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri

A sand truck overturned on North Kings Highway in Fairfax County, Virginia

Traffic in Eureka, Missouri, was at a standstill

Missouri State Troopers helped dig out cars that got stuck in snow banks

Northeast Kansas was covered in snow over the weekend

Troy, Illinois, was also blanketed in seven inches of snow

A Florida elementary school on a field trip enjoyed the winter weather in Washington DC, which received three to six inches of snow and saw over 400 flight cancellations


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