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Ice Storm Brewing for Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis

Half an inch of ice possible in Illinois, Michigan
Prior to the return of warmer weather, an ice storm will affect areas from northern and eastern Missouri to Michigan, southern Ontario and the mid-Atlantic spanning this weekend into the start of next week.
A storm bringing rain to Southern California to end this week will roll into a zone of departing Arctic air and cold ground over the Midwest.
As AccuWeather.com Staff Writer Grace Muller alluded to on Thursday, a broad area of freezing rain and sleet is in store, lasting from a couple of hours in some locations to an entire day in others.
Major cities that have the potential for a period of freezing this weekend include Omaha, Neb.; St. Louis, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and London, Ontario.
On the southern and western fringe of the ice/wintry mix area, the ice is likely to be brief, but even a thin coating can lead to a few hours of dangerous travel. Farther north and east, an extended period of freezing rain and sleet is possible. If mostly freezing rain occurs, widespread icy roads are likely and the risk of power outages will increase.
There is the potential for a serious ice storm from central and northern Illinois to southern Michigan with this setup. There is the potential for 0.25-0.50 of an inch of buildup of freezing rain on exposed surfaces in some locations.
According to Meteorologist Andy Mussoline, "Even in areas where the air temperature manages to get a bit above the 32-degree mark, the ground is very cold and will cause some of that rain to freeze on contact."
Freezing rain is much more dangerous than sleet.
According to Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "In many cases, the road or sidewalk appears wet, but in fact it can be covered with a thin sheen of ice, called clear ice or black ice."
"For travel and power considerations, sleet would be a better outcome than freezing rain," Abrams added.
Pockets of sleet, freezing rain and freezing drizzle are possible farther east late Sunday night into Monday morning from Buffalo, N.Y., to New York City, Philadelphia, Pa., Washington, D.C., and Roanoke, Va. In part of the Northeast, the period of ice can begin as a bit of snow.
The same problems may then advance across portions of upstate New York and New England later in the day Monday into Monday night.

RELATED ON ACCUWEATHER: A Very Cold Week

The ice storm will precede a brief warmup for a several-day period next week, before arctic air makes a comeback from the northern Plains into the Midwest and Northeast during early February.
AccuWeather.com will continue to update the potential ice storm situation throughout the weekend.

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rimfire321

Global warming hasn't been something that has just occurred. It has been going on for the last 12 thousand years. A 10 year interval is too small to make any accurate predictions. I remember back in the 1970's we had a period of unusual cold and some of the experts thought we had started into another ice age.

January 26 2013 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rimfire321

I don't believe that a 10 year period means much. I remember back in the 70's there was concern that we were going into another ice age. Global warming has been going on since the last ice age. There is no disputing that.

January 26 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
babby201

On the bright side ,it should kill all those Burmese Pythons people keep letting loose .

January 26 2013 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sadiemae1214

Gee, sorry but South Florida is going to be warm and sunny, just what the Burmese Python likes.

January 26 2013 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bchrist751

So looking forward to Al Gores promise of Global warming....

January 26 2013 at 12:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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lken06880

I guess you don't watch much weather news, it's already occurring which is why we have had hotter summer and warmer winter in the last 10 or so years, just because this storm is coming it doesn't mean that global warming isn't here.

January 26 2013 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tom Fitzgerald

I don't think that people understand what global warming is. If they would take notice, there is hardly any Fall or Spring anymore. It seems to go straight into Summer to Winter and "vice verso." The humidity has gotten worse in every part of the country.

January 27 2013 at 9:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
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