With Kansas and Missouri in the bull's eye, a winter storm descended on the nation's midsection Saturday, bringing thick ice, dangerous driving conditions and power outages as it stretched its tentacles as far east as the mid-Atlantic.
There was little chance of a letup from the icy onslaught as another round of freezing rain was forecast for Sunday morning, keeping ice warnings in place for the two states, as well as Oklahoma.
Winter storm watches forecast up to three-quarters of an inch of ice and as much as three inches of snow across the central Plains and parts of Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.
The National Weather Service said freezing rain would continue across a wide swath of north central Oklahoma, potentially bringing an additional 1.5 inches of ice accumulation to cities like Enid and Ponca City west and northwest of Oklahoma City.
By early afternoon, Aldrich, Mo., reported 0.75 inches of ice; Bartlesville, Oklahoma, registered 0.28 inches; and Mayestown, Ill, had received 0.37 inches, according to weatherbug.com.
Parts of Springfield, Mo., experienced a round of "thunder ice" following lightning strikes amid a buildup of more than a quarter of an inch of ice on trees, fences and parked cars, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The relatively rare phenomenon, which only occurs in especially turbulent winter weather, was also reported as freezing rain fell in Joplin, Mo., the Associated Press reported.
Ice storm warnings were in effect from the Texas Panhandle to southern Illinois, with freezing rain advisories across parts of the Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. It warned that ice in excess of a half inch "is enough to cause severe travel disruptions and power outages."Read More...
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