Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of US Jan 13, 2019 0 577 12345 ReutersNEW YORK/TAOS, N.MA massive winter storm hit the U.S. Rockies and Plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation “havoc” in the middle of the country.The system started as rain from Mexico and turned to snow as it met icy air. Up to 18 inches (45 cm) of snow were expected in the Sangre de Cristo mountains south of Denver, according to the National Weather Service. As the storm heads east, up to 16 inches (41 cm) of snow were likely in western Missouri and St. Louis. Areas to the east could get about 6 inches (15 cm) with ice developing in Kansas, and Arkansas, and up to 4 inches (10 cm) of snow in Washington, D.C., before the system heads out to sea late on Sunday, AccuWeather said.“The storm is expected to create havoc over the central part of the country, then extend eastward into the Mid-Atlantic states,” said Randy Adkins, an AccuWeather meteorologist.The FlightAware.com flight tracking website reported 1,431 flight cancellations on Friday and 12,465 delays, with problems at snow-hit airports like Denver causing knock-on effects around the country.While the storm will spare the heavily populated Northeast, it likely will disrupt air and auto travel from Kansas City to Indianapolis, and will bring the heaviest snowfall so far this winter to Cincinnati and the Ohio River Valley, said AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker.Although the Kansas City area is expected to get up to 6 inches of snow, it should be over by the time the Kansas City Chiefs begin their National Football League playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon. RELATED ARTICLES Trump blasts FBI probe to find if he worked on Russia’s behalf Jan 13, 2019 0 490 Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race Jan 13, 2019 0 6303 US federal govt shutdown becomes longest in history Jan 13, 2019 0 474 Venezuela legislature calls for protests to oust Maduro AFP Caracas Venezuela’s sidelined opposition-controlled legislature is calling for a mass protest against President Nicolas Maduro in a bid to oust the socialist leader in favor of “a transitional government.” .. ‘Yellow vest’ protesters rally in central London AFP London Hundreds of demonstrators wearing yellow vests took to the streets of London on Saturday, in the largest protest yet in Britain copying the “yellow vest” protests rocking France. Protesters opposed to the .. UK govt mulls limiting jail sentences London: The British government is considering scrapping jail sentences of six months or less for most crimes in a bid to reduce reoffending and ease pressure on the system, the prisons minister said on Saturday. The move .. Two firefighters killed in Paris bakery explosion Paris: Two firefighters died in a major blast at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday morning, said French police, correcting an earlier death toll of four offered by the French interior minister. French Interior .. Macedonia PM urges Greek lawmakers to ratify name deal AFP Skopje Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end the two nations’ decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country The Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian .. Opposition party backs Sweden’s Social Democratic leader as premier DPA Stockholm Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven on Saturday received strong backing from an opposition party in his bid for a new term as Swedish prime minister. The Centre Party’s council of trustees endorsed a ..