Ice Storm Threat Sunday

UPDATED POST:  Friday, January 13, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

After looking over the evening data, the only real change is that the system may slow down just a little more.

This means the wintry mix will probably start around late morning Sunday across the far south and early afternoon as you move more to the north.

Also, the start times for the “Winter Storm Watch” are now midnight Saturday for Knox and Stark counties in Illinois, 6 a.m. for the rest of our southern hometowns (Louisa, Mercer and Henry counties southward), and noon Sunday for the Quad Cities and areas northward.

Ice accumulation totals will be in the one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch range.

I’ll have another full weather update for your early Saturday morning.

Have a great weekend!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Friday, January 13, 2017, 5:27 a.m.

It’s not just Friday, it’s Friday the 13th!

With that in mind, I do have some ominous new details on the late weekend winter storm that’ll likely be a significant ice storm for much of our area and for the middle of the country.

Quiet conditions are expected today, tomorrow, and early Sunday.  However, there may be a light wintry mix across our southern hometowns late tonight and early Saturday.  This could cause some slick driving conditions.

As the details on this late weekend storm come together, a “Winter Storm Watch” goes into effect early Sunday through early Monday morning for almost of Iowa, a large portion of Illinois, including the Quad Cities, and the Plains.

Once this storm comes together and we get closer to the start of it, I expect much of that “Winter Storm Watch” to be upgraded to an “Ice Storm Warning”.

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

Here’s how things are looking for Sunday as of this morning.

Now, keep in mind that this’ll likely change as we head into the weekend.  The timing could be moved up or pushed back and the areas of heavy ice accumulation may shift some to the north or south.

A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will develop late Sunday morning or early in the afternoon and become more likely by Sunday evening.

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This will be a common sight Sunday night as we transition to all freezing rain!  That’s when we’ll see road conditions deteriorate as ice glazes everything.

Significant icing is likely with one-quarter of inch not out of the question.

That’s the bad news because this is going to be a dangerous situation.

The good news is that by Monday, highs will be warming into the 40s and this becomes all rain and the ice begins to melt.

Even warmer temperatures are likely next week.  By the end of next week, we could hit 50° or the 50s!

But, we have to get through the late weekend ice storm first.

While I don’t work this weekend, I’ll have updates in my blog and on my Facebook page!

Be safe!

Anthony

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