Damaging ice storms continued their deadly march Sunday through much of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa as winter storm watches and warnings stretched across much of the nation's storm-weary midsection.
At least six deaths have been blamed on a three-day siege of ice, sleet and freezing rain that has hobbled much of the Midwest.
"Expansive" ice storm warnings, freezing rain advisories and winter weather advisories were in effect from northeast New Mexico to central Illinois. Winter storm watches and warnings were in effect from eastern Colorado to southern Minnesota, where significant accumulations of snow and sleet were likely, the National Weather Service said.
Trees have been damaged and power knocked out by the weight of the ice in parts of northwest Oklahoma and southern Kansas, The Weather Channel reported.
In Iowa, weather service meteorologist Andrew Ansorge said parts of the state could see two- to three-tenths of an inch of ice, about as thick as Time magazine. Southern Iowa could receive up to a quarter of an inch this weekend, which is closer to the thickness of a pen, Ansorge said.
"Safety is No. 1 during a unique storm like this," said Craig Bargfrede, winter operations administrator at the Iowa Department of Transportation. "This is one of those storms where we should pay attention to conditions and pay attention to media. If media advises 'Do not travel,' don’t travel."Read More...
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