Published: Sat, January 14, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Tracking a potentially significant storm system Sunday-Monday

Tracking a potentially significant storm system Sunday-Monday

The temperature will be hovering around the freezing mark for long periods of time and will likely move several hundred miles north and south during the day and night on Saturday and Sunday. This ice storm may make travel impossible and no doubt at least will make travel extremely unsafe. DeWitt and Piatt counties remain under a winter storm watch from this evening to Sunday. He said severe storms are possible south of the Red River. "It is vital for residents to stay away from downed power lines because these lines may still be energized".

Latest projections still have significant accumulations possible as we head through the weekend.

Those warnings are already in place for parts of downstate Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma for this weekend.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for the entire state ahead of the storm.

According to NWS' Ice Storm Warning, significant icing is expected to take place early Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday with accumulations of one-quarter to one-half inch of ice possible.

"Winter weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions, especially when ice and snow are involved", the release stated.

ISP officials urge motorists to drive with caution, increase following distances, and to allow extra travel time to get to their final destinations.

Forecasters say icy weather is also expected in parts of Illinois, Texas and northern Arkansas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The ice will make travel extremely hazardous, the weather service in Kansas City warned.

Thick ice can build up on tree limbs, causing them to break and fall on power lines, bringing outages. "The storm will produce a swath of freezing rain along a 1,000-mile swath", Sosnowski wrote in a news release. The chance of precipitation is 30% for the day of service.

Tuesday night - Partly cloudy with a low in the lower 20s.

Either later Monday afternoon or Monday night, the precipitation is expected to end from west to east. Saturday's highs will be 36.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 41. There is little likelihood of a hurricane this January although an area of low pressure in the tropics northeast of Puerto Rico is now forming, but is highly unlikely to become a hurricane.

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