In Photos: Ice storm takes down powerlines, more ice ahead
Monday, January 16, 2017, 1:23 -
Ice storm warnings are still in effect for central parts of the country, with the National Weather Service calling for one-quarter to six tenths of an inch of ice accumulation by Tuesday.
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“An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” says the weather service in a warning. “Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged.”
- Ice storm and winter storm warnings in effect for parts of central U.S., Upper Midwest and Midwest in effect Monday
- Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri were particularly hard hit over weekend
- At least five traffic-related deaths
- Low also sparked possible tornado in Texas
In addition to ice, parts of the Midwest and central plains can also expect snow through Tuesday.
Winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, northern Illnois and extreme southeastern South Dakota.
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Wintery weather, with freezing rain and sleet, can be expected to continue over the next two days as the low progresses towards the northeast.
This system proved deadly over the weekend with at least five traffic-related deaths reported over central parts of the country. Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri were particularly hard hit. A quarter to a half inch of ice was forecast for most of Kansas, the Weather Service said.
Ice downed trees and power lines, particularly in northwest Oklahoma, where thousands of people were without power. At least three people died in traffic accidents in Missouri due to icy conditions, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
There was one weather-related traffic fatality in Kansas, local media reported, and another in Oklahoma.
The storm led the National Football League to delay the start of a playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Kansas City from noon to 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, when the worst of the bad weather was expected to have passed though the area.
Ahead of the cold front, the weather service issued a tornado watch for large parts of Texas and a tornado warning for just west of Waco where damage was reported.
BELOW: Photos of some of the damage reported as a result of the extensive ice storm.
Ice storm in Northwest Oklahoma about as bad as you could expect. Major tree and powerline damage. pic.twitter.com/zO3e0W4pcL— TornadoTitans.com (@TornadoTitans) January 15, 2017
Irony in the middle of this picture. A disastrous ice storm in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Image credit to Mendy Trosper. pic.twitter.com/Zn8zjYXTT4— Brad Sowder (@KOCOBrad) January 15, 2017
Ice storm picture in Putnam, Oklahoma from Meshell Hunter. pic.twitter.com/BdCdMlN4u8— Brad Sowder (@KOCOBrad) January 15, 2017
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