Enjoy today’s dry conditions, because forecasters continue to track a wicked winter ice storm forecast to pummel the region on Sunday.
Southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri will initially see a mix of sleet and snow late Saturday night, before transitioning to freezing rain.
Less than a half an inch of snow is expected. The highest ice accumulations are generally expected south of Interstate 80.
An ice storm warning is in effect until midnight Sunday night for northwest Missouri. Southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa will see a winter storm watch begin at noon Sunday.
WeatherEye Meteorologist Ray Miller says the main impact of the storm will hit the region through the middle part of the day Sunday into Sunday night.
“We are still looking at the potential for some fairly significant ice accumulation, between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. That’s going to be enough to cause at least spotty power outages as that ice weighs down trees and power lines. Not a great deal of wind with this, at least early on. So, that will help to limit that tree and power line damage.”
Their maybe a concern for more widespread power outages Sunday night into Monday with wind speeds picking up during that time period, according to Miller. He says the area will thaw quickly as temperatures warm up Monday and moisture transitions to rain.
Hazardous travel due to icy or snow-packed roads is likely. Sidewalks and parking lots will be very slippery, as well.
Miller says there is still time to prepare for the storm, including planning for power outages.
“You want to have all your emergency supplies ready to go, because we are likely to have at least spotty power ourtages and perhaps a few that are a little more widespread. With a storm this big affecting this large an area, if you do loose power, it may be some time before you get it back.”
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