Freezing rain causes Ice Storm Warning; heavy rain to batter lowlands


Forecasters say northwest Oklahoma bore the brunt of the ice storm, with more than three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulating in some areas.

Motorists are advised to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

The storm should be completed by 11 a.m. or noon on Wednesday in the western part of the state and before 5 p.m.in the eastern part of the state.

Most of the region should expect ice accumulations of less than a half an inch, but some spots, especially counties under the Ice Storm Warning, could see almost an inch.

"A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible before quickly changing to freezing rain", a weather service advisory said. Snow levels lifting to 7000 feet are causing the dangers of snow packed mountains and travel is impacted through passes. The winter storm watch issued Sunday is no longer in effect.

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The Nebraska State Patrol urged motorists to use extra caution as the freezing rain made several roads risky to travel.

Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are under hazardous weather alerts in anticipation of significant snowfall this week.

The weather service said there's still a lot of uncertainty concerning the storm, especially in terms of its impact on East Idaho.

As of Monday evening, the incoming storm had not yet resulted in any weather warnings or advisories in Montana.