Winter Weather Advisory Issued Tonight Into Saturday

"We encourage everyone to stay home if possible, but we are committed to doing everything we can to make travel safe for those that need to travel on our roads", Maroon stated in a news release.

He said the county, city, villages and townships as well as police agencies work well together at communicating and coordinating their roads and streets maintenance and conditions during these times.

There is steady snow expected in the evening around sundown and should continue overnight into Sunday morning before tapering off into flurries in the afternoon and evening. "The I-70 corridor is in the bullseye of 12" - including metro St. Louis. Heavy snow is marching toward central Indiana. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday night to help the state of Virginia prepare.

Most of the snow is expected to fall between tonight and Saturday morning.

At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that among those killed in crashes were a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose vehicle slid into the path of a semitrailer on Friday in Clinton, about 80 miles (130 kilometres) southeast of Kansas City. "The jump of 30 percent more moisture affords snowfall amounts of 6" a real likelihood area-wide.

Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect for snow, sleet and freezing rain for this weekend.

As of about noon Saturday, 6½ inches of snow were reported in Peoria, according to the Weather Service. That area could also experience power outages.

Vanessa Coleman