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Snowstorms at Peak, Five Killed in Midwest

At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed.

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A man clears snow from sidewalk in downtown Chicago, Jan. 12, 2019. A winter weather advisory for the region was in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday. (VOA)

A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday and forced the grounds crew to scramble to clear snow from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ahead of the NFL divisional playoff game.

The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous. Part of Interstate 44 near St. Louis was blocked for several hours Saturday, and at one point the Missouri State Highway Patrol warned of traffic delays as long as eight hours.

In Indiana, the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 were closed for hours Saturday after a semitrailer-truck jackknifed along the snow-covered highway near Lafayette, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.

Heading east

The storm began to spread east into the Mid-Atlantic region, with between 5 and 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) of snow expected in the Washington area, including parts of northern and central Maryland, by Sunday. Forecasters said heavy snow could fall in mountain areas north of Interstate 64, such as Charlottesville and Staunton, Va. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday night to help the state of Virginia prepare.

Missouri had gotten the worst of the storm by Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting more than a foot (30.48 centimeters) of snow Saturday morning in some places around St. Louis and Jefferson City, and more than 18 inches (45 centimeters) in Columbia.

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Kyle Haraugh, of NFL Films, clears snow from a camera location at Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019. (VOA)

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started at midafternoon, but stadium crews worked for hours before the game to clear the stadium’s lot, field and seats in anticipation of a full house for the playoff game.

At least five people were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri. They included a woman and her 14-year-old stepdaughter whose car slid into the path of a semitrailer-truck in Clinton, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, on Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Another woman died when her car slid on U.S. 24 in northern Missouri and was hit by an oncoming SUV.

In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died after his pickup truck skidded on the Kansas Turnpike and hit a concrete barrier, according to the patrol. Another crash involving two semitrailer-trucks in snowy conditions killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico, the patrol said.

“We’re anticipating still more snow through today, so we’re asking motorists to stay home until the roads are cleared,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg, stationed in suburban Kansas City. “If you do have to get out on the road, we’re asking you to do three things: Have your cellphone fully charged, wear your seat belt and slow your speed for the conditions.”

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Kyle Haraugh, of NFL Films, clears snow from a camera location at Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL divisional football playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 12, 2019.(voa)

Missouri troopers responded to more than 3,000 calls for help through early Saturday afternoon, including more than 700 crashes and 1,300 stranded vehicles. Illinois State Police said troopers along the Mississippi River across from St. Louis had responded to more than 100 crashes during the storm.

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At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, most flights were canceled or delayed.

In central Missouri, officials said about 12,000 households and businesses were without power in Columbia and the surrounding area at one point. (VOA)

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Here are 5 Ways to Boost your Immunity in the Winter Season

Tips to boost your immunity in the winters

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Follow these tips to gear up for the winters and boost your immunity. Pixabay

Winter may take a toll on your immunity system and therefore to prevent common cold and viruses to enter your body, it’s essential for you to take special care. Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Diet Podium Shikha Mahajan shared some tips to help to gear up your body with the changing season for immunity.

Spend time in the sun

As long as the weather allows, spend as much time outside under the sun. Vitamin D plays a huge role in keeping your defense system strong. It is important that you have both an innate immune response that provides an instant and front line of defense, but you also have protection against an overreaction by the immune system.

The daily amount of vitamin D you need depends largely on your age. Adults aged 19 to 70 must get 600 IU per day, while adults 71 and older should look to get 800 IU per day. Most people can get the daily amount through sun exposure.

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Say no to sugar to boost your immunity. Lifetime Stock

Refrain from sugar

Refined sugars are never good when it comes to your overall health, but did you know that they negatively affect the body’s defense structure? Sugars increase inflammation and harm cells, that gives them the ability to fully destroy the immune system. Refrain from using sugars as much as possible. To curb your sweet craving, eat more foods having natural sugars that are balanced out with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Eat zinc

This wonder-mineral is found in every cell of yours’ and it’s crucial for healthy cell development and function. Zinc interacts with thousands of proteins inside your body and is involved in almost 300 various enzyme processes. It fastens wound-healing and improved thyroid function, gut health, blood clotting, vision, and smell. Zinc also works as a powerful antioxidant.

It also seems to put the brakes on the immune system when it goes into overdrive, lowering the risk of autoimmune disease. Most essentially, zinc boosts immunity. You can avail zinc from chickpeas, spinach, cashews and pumpkin seeds.

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A regular fitness regimen can directly relate to a boosted immunity. Lifetime Stock

Pay close attention to your diet

For the immune system to function properly, it needs to be fuelled properly. Eradicating refined, processed items from your diet and replacing them with nutritious, natural options will give your immune system the fuel it needs to thrive properly. Eat plenty of spinach, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, and chickpeas to keep your immune system fit.

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Exercise daily

By exercising on a daily basis, you’ll improve your cardiovascular health, reduce your blood pressure, maintain your weight and strengthen your immune system to keep off various diseases and illnesses. A regular fitness regimen can directly relate to a boosted immune system. (IANS)