(UPDATE: As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday:
*ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CST TUESDAY...
* TIMING...PERIODS OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN ARE EXPECTED TODAY.
THE FREEZING RAIN INTENSITY IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE LATE
TONIGHT AND INTO MONDAY MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL CLIMB TO
NEAR OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE FREEZING ON MONDAY MORNING INTO THE
AFTERNOON POTENTIALLY ALLOWING FOR A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN AND
RAIN. THE INTENSITY WILL DIMINISH BY MONDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE
LIGHT MIX POTENTIALLY ENDING AS A PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW MONDAY
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A QUARTER
TO HALF INCH OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS STORM SYSTEM.
* IMPACT...HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE TRAVEL DUE TO ICY ROADS.
SIDEWALKS AND PARKING LOTS WILL BE VERY SLIPPERY AS WELL.
SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. DAMAGE TO TREE LIMBS AND
OTHER OUTDOOR OBJECTS IS POSSIBLE.
* OTHER PRECIPITATION TYPES...SLEET MAY MIX WITH THE FREEZING
RAIN AT TIMES...WITH LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION EXPECTED. A
DUSTING OF SNOW MAY FALL AS THE STORM ENDS ON MONDAY NIGHT...
AGAIN WITH LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION EXPECTED.
AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS
WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY
DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU
MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN
YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS
WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES
THAT ADD TO THE DANGER.)
Before it even arrives, some are calling it "Ice-ageddon."
A storm system that is brewing along the west coast could cause big problems for the Midwest early next week. Cathy Zapotocny is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says there is a lot of concern with this storm system because it packs a lot of moisture. The temperature in Nebraska is very cold right now and we have a potential of a wintry mix of precipitation, icing and snow.
Zapotocny says, “The storm system will be affecting the area later on Sunday, into Monday and Monday night. That would be the time frame we are most concerned with and that is when the storm system would be coming in and that is when the greatest amount of influx of moisture and the potential for that icing and snow accumulations will be coming in. Parts of the area will see rain but the icing is what we are most concerned about.”
She says significant icing means a half-inch or more. This system could impact a wide area, including the Dorchester area.
Some weather models show icing is expected in eastern Nebraska with snowfall in the central and western parts of the state.
Stay tuned to the Dorchester area weather forecast, available here on the Times.