Seven killed in first major snow storm of 2019

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NBC, (WILX) - Parts of the Mid-Atlantic are bracing for the first major snow storm of the new year.

The storm could bring a foot of snow to Washington, D.C. Sunday.

Seven deaths are being blamed on the system which caused havoc on the roads across the Heartland and Midwest Saturday.

Virginia's governor has already declared a state of emergency as the region braces for the first major snowstorm of the young year.

Forecasters say the nation's capital could get up to a foot of snow while they're expecting even more than that to the south.

The system is being blamed for at least seven traffic deaths in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

It moved from the Rockies into the Heartland Friday bringing blinding snow and treacherous driving to the region.

Missouri seemed to get the worst of it with a foot of snow falling near Saint Louis and even more in Columbia.

State police said they responded to 900 crashes by late afternoon.

At least 100,000 customers in Missouri lost power as the heavy wet snow brought down trees and power lines.

The storm has forced the delay or cancellation of hundreds of flights with more expected Sunday.