Published: Sat, January 14, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Freezing Rain Advisory and icy conditions through the weekend

Freezing Rain Advisory and icy conditions through the weekend

Freezing drizzle is expected to develop this morning and continue through Friday afternoon in the northeastern KCBD viewing area.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say rain will soon mix with and then change over to freezing rain Friday evening.

The region that is expected to get the greatest ice accumulations, with widespread amounts of a half-inch or more, will span from northwestern Texas into western Oklahoma and northwestern Kansas.

"The freezing rain we had a couple of weeks ago is different than what we have now", Riggs said. "Temperatures, we're going to stay near or below freezing during that morning commute and I don't see it melting off anytime soon". Reporter: FROM THE THREAT OF POWER OUTAGES TO MAKING IT DOWN YOUR DRIVEWAY, RESIDENTS HAVE REASON TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIMPENDING STORM.SO WE'RE CHECKING OUT LOCAL STORES AND TALKING WITH FOLKS ABOUT SAFETY IN THISWEATHER.FOLKS BRACING FOR A POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT WINTER ICE STORM.

"It's one of those storms they've been warning us about for a week", Bird said.

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"We're still going to have plenty of moisture to deal with". The surface freezing line will slowly move north during the day Friday into Saturday.causing some areas to change from freezing rain to rain. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Some parts of Oklahoma could see more than 3/4 inch of ice, which is expected to bring down trees and power lines.

"The ice won't stick around", Huttel said.

With the potential for power outages, it's important that you have your home ready for the storm, as well. Day, area schools are closed Monday. There's no preparing, no pre-treating of roadways, and virtually no clean up until it melts on its own.

The advisory area encompasses much of Central Illinois, including Christian, Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby counties. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness and the Ohio Department of Transportation urge drivers to keep in mind to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between vehicles. The center will be staffed around the clock to coordinate electric service restoration, logistical support and communications. Only the very most northern and southern parts of the state are not under the warning.

The company is poised to call-in an additional 1,000 linemen and workers from other Midwest utilities, Pate said. "I saw one report calling it 'crippling'".

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