Midwest pounded by winter weather

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Mid-Atlantic region is bracing for a winter storm that's already made travel treacherous across the Midwest.

The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Snow is covering roads in those states. More than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow has fallen in some places around St. Louis. Authorities say the storm has contributed to at least five traffic deaths.

The system was spreading into the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday afternoon. Between 3 and 6 inches (7 and 15 centimeters) is expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday.

Forecasters say heavier snow and higher amounts could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Virginia. Lower accumulations are expected in Delaware and Baltimore, as well as around Richmond, where precipitation Sunday should be freezing rain. Southwest Virginia could see 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow.