What could be the worst ice storm in 10 years has begun in the central U.S., one that forecasters say will unload freezing rain on a 1,000-mile swath from the central Plains to the mid-Atlantic over the weekend.
The storm is expected to cause downed trees, power outages and make driving dangerous or impossible as roads turn into sheets of ice.
Dozens of flights were cancelled at airports in St. Louis and Oklahoma City Friday as freezing rain moved across the region.
"Travel will be hazardous for hundreds of miles along Interstate 35, I-40 and I-70 in the central states," said AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossio.
Some of the big cities most likely to be hit by the ice include Topeka, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., AccuWeather said.
In southern Missouri Friday morning, some areas had already picked up a tenth of an inch of ice on outdoor surfaces, according to Andy Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
An ice storm warning has been posted for most of Kansas and Missouri and parts of Oklahoma, which is in effect through Sunday in many areas.
In Missouri, the state's department of transportation said it could be the worst ice storm in 10 years there and said motorists should avoid travel through Sunday due to the storm.“Ice is the most difficult storm to fight," said maintenance engineer Becky Allmeroth.Read More...
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