Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017 May Be Among the Warmest and Wettest

Chris Dolce
Published: January 17,2017

Washington D.C. will see rain and warmer-than-average temperatures Friday for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
(D.C. Weather: Hourly Forecast | Radar)
The culprit for the soggy weather conditions Friday is an approaching low-pressure system and its attendant cold front. Southerly winds ahead of that low may also propel Friday's high temperature to among the mildest readings for a January Inauguration Day since they began in that month in 1937. Prior to that year, inaugurations were held in March.

Friday's Weather Map
Although it's likely to rain in Washington on Friday, the timing of when that rain will arrive remains somewhat uncertain. Here's our current expectation, though keep in mind that this forecast is subject to revision.
  • Friday's Wet Outlook: Rain is forecast to arrive by late morning or early afternoon, and could fall during the 12 p.m. EST swearing in ceremony. Periods of showers may continue through the afternoon and into the early evening.
  • Friday's Temperature Outlook: Temperatures will rise from the 40s Friday morning to the low 50s in the afternoon.
  • Saturday's Weather Overview: For the March on Washington Saturday, weather conditions appear that they will improve as weak high pressure arrives. Skies are forecast to be mainly cloudy early with a high temperature in the upper 50s or low 60s. Skies may begin to clear later in the day.

Hourly Weather Forecast

Inauguration Day Weather Perspective and History

Large Range of Temperatures

Of the 20 inaugurations that have taken place in January since 1937, only two have featured high temperatures as warm as the 50s, according to information collected by the National Weather Service (NWS).
The warmest of those was Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1981 when it was 55 degrees. The second warmest was 51 degrees for the inauguration of George H.W. Bush in 1989.
A vast majority of Inauguration Days have seen temperatures in the 30s and 40s. That is close to Washington D.C.'s average high temperature of 43 degrees at this time in late January.
Ronald Reagan's second inauguration in 1985 was the coldest on record with a high temperature of seven degrees accompanied by bitter cold wind chills in the minus-10 to minus-20 degree range.

Rain and Snow Frequency

Precipitation in the form of rain, sleet or snow has occurred in six of the 20 January inaugurations since 1937.
Those occurrences have been fairly infrequent since the 1973 inauguration. Since that year, just one has featured precipitation, and that was George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration which was cool and wet.
Precipitation was observed on Inauguration Day in the following years prior to 1973: Nixon in 1969 (rain, sleet later in the day); Kennedy in 1961 (snow in the morning with 8 inches on the ground); Eisenhower in 1957 (snow in the morning); Roosevelt in 1945 (snow ended at 9 a.m.); Roosevelt in 1937 (heavy rain).

Worst Weather Inauguration

This photo shows William H. Taft and his wife returning to the White House in the snowy conditions.
William H. Taft's inauguration in March 1909 had the worst weather conditions, according to the NWS.
Snow and strong winds impacted the Washington area both the day before and the day of the inauguration, forcing the ceremony indoors. The 10 inches of snow that fell brought train travel on streets to a halt as winds knocked down trees.
It reportedly took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear snow along the parade route.

PHOTOS: Inauguration Day 2013

Portland, Oregon, May Be America's Most Winter-Fatigued City in 2016-17

Jon Erdman
Published: January 17,2017

About halfway through meteorological winter, Portland, Oregon, might be the U.S. city most tired of winter this season.
"Isn't it much colder in parts of Alaska and North Dakota?" you might be asking. "Hasn't there been feet of snow in California's Sierra or Michigan's Upper Peninsula? Isn't Portland near the Pacific Ocean?"
Yes, that's all true, but compared to an average winter, Portland might be the most miserable location so far.
Hear me out on this.

Five Storms in Over Five Weeks

During some winters, certain areas become punching bags as stubborn patterns lock in for weeks, if not months. Probably the best recent example was New England's record-smashing snowy season of 2014-15, that included Boston.
Over the past five-plus weeks, four separate winter storms have plagued Oregon's largest city.
Named Winter Storms to Affect Portland, Oregon, December 2016 - Jan. 16, 2017
Caly (Dec. 8, 2016)1 inch snow, 0.75 inch ice
Decima (Dec. 14, 2016)2.3 inches snow (also, major Eugene, Oregon, ice storm)
Iras (Jan. 7-8, 2017)0.4 inches snow; 0.5 inch ice
Jupiter (Jan. 10-11, 2017)Up to 15.5 inches in metro
Winter Storm Helena just missed Portland, but dumped 20 inches of snow near Bend, Oregon, and led to some relatively rare snow along the southern Oregon coast.
Winter Storm Jupiter was an unexpectedly crippling snowstorm. The city's heaviest snowstorm since February 1995, Jupiter led to abandoned vehicles on snow-choked roads.
(MORE: Why Atmospheric Rivers Are Both Hazardous and Essential)
Tree branches, broken from the weight of heavy snow, are scattered on the ground of the park blocks across from the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

On Tuesday, Portland was under an ice storm warning from Winter Storm Kori, which would be the fifth winter storm in less than six weeks.
On average, Portland sees measurable snow four days a year. Through Monday, it has already had five such days this winter.
Following 8 inches of snow from Winter Storm Jupiter at the National Weather Service in Portland, at least 1 inch of snow remained on the ground through Monday, a streak of 7 straight days.
(MORE: 5 Things You Should Know About Ice Storms)
While you wouldn't bat an eye about this streak in, say, Minneapolis or Caribou, Maine, NOAA's ACIS database said there were only eight longer streaks on record at Portland International Airport or the NWS office, where official data is now taken, dating to 1940.
  1. 29 days (Jan. 13 - Feb. 10, 1950)
  2. 20 days (Jan. 20 - Feb. 8, 1949)
  3. 13 days (Jan. 20 - Feb. 1, 1943)
  4. 12 days (Jan. 27 - Feb. 7, 1956)
  5. 10 days (Dec. 29, 1968 - Jan. 7, 1969)
  6. 9 days (Dec. 19-27, 2008)
  7. 8 days (Jan. 6-13, 2004 and Jan. 26 - Feb. 2, 1969)
Portland averages just two days each winter with at least 1 inch of snow.

Cold Streak

Given the number of winter storms, it's no surprise the winter has been much colder than usual for this somewhat maritime climate.
Through Monday, there hadn't been a single day warmer than average so far in 2017. That streak began on Dec. 28, a streak of 20 straight days colder than average.
Snow and ice cling to tree limbs as downtown Portland, Ore., is reflected in the Willamette River under blue skies, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Going back further, 41 of the past 44 days from Dec. 4 through Monday were colder than average.
As of Tuesday morning, the city hadn't risen above freezing since the previous Thursday. The last time an entire calendar day stayed above freezing was Dec. 29, according to NWS-Portland.
Looking at the month of January so far, only 1979 had a colder January through the first 16 days of the month, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC).
If the month ended now, it would rank as the third-coldest month on record at Portland International Airport or the NWS office site, behind only January 1950 (27.0 degrees mean temperature) and January 1949 (27.7 degrees).
Finally, for "meteorological winter" (December through February), 2016-17 is second coldest through Monday, warmer than only 1978-79, according to SERCC.
Using a combination of snowfall, snow depth, and days with highs that fail to rise above freezing, the Midwest Regional Climate Center has computed the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI), a winter misery index for several cities in the U.S. so far this winter.
While there is no data available for Portland, the MRCC has calculated an "extreme winter-to-date" in several Northwest cities, including Redmond, Oregon, Yakima, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.
(MORE: Where the Snow Season Has Already Topped 200 Inches)

Plot of the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) for the winter season-to-date through January 16, 2017, for Redmond, Oregon, indicated by the black line. The purple-shaded area of the graph indicates what AWSSI values are considered "extreme" for the season-to-date. The yellow-shaded area would be considered average.
















 Why So Harsh a Winter?

Just 60 miles east of the Pacific Coast, it's usually no problem for milder, Pacific air to surge into the Portland metro area ahead of Pacific storms, shoving any cold air out of the way. This is why Portland averages only 4 inches of snow a year.
How cold air occasionally gets drawn into Oregon's Willamette Valley, including the city of Portland.

Occasionally, Arctic high pressure plunging south out of western Canada is so strong and deep that it doesn't simply bank against the eastern slopes of the Cascades, but squeezes through the Columbia River Gorge, which forms much of the border of Oregon and Washington.
In these cases, the cold air surges on strong easterly winds into the city of Portland, plunging southward into the rest of the Willamette Valley as far south as Eugene, or can even surge westward to the coast over the coastal ranges.
As discussed, this has been happening a lot this winter.
When this happens, cold air can get stuck in the valley for an extended time. Some Pacific frontal systems aren't strong enough to dislodge the cold Willamette Valley air.
Sometimes, these weaker systems simply reinforce the cold air supply from the Columbia Gorge. As a result, moisture overrides that cold air to wring out snow, sleet or freezing rain.
(MORE: Where Freezing Rain is Most Common in the U.S.)
Combine this persistent, pervasive cold air with an active western storm track, in contrast to recent past years dominated by a jet-stream blocking dome of high pressure, and you have a rough winter for the Northwest.
Recently, there's been a bit of a feedback loop in that the heavy snowpack, by local standards, from Winter Storm Jupiter hasn't allowed temperatures to warm up much. This raises the concern for ice from Winter Storm Kori.
With apologies to places also hard hit so far, such as Bismarck, North Dakota, Oregon's largest city has earned the "worst winter" title so far.
Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7.

Significant Severe Weather Threat May Develop in the South This Weekend as Rounds of Rain Impact the Region

Linda Lam
Published: January 17,2017

Wet conditions return to the South this week and a more potent system may result in a significant severe thunderstorm threat developing this weekend.
The first disturbance will bring widespread rain and thunderstorms to Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley into Wednesday and will then spread east across the South toward the weekend.
Rainfall will be locally heavy and the chance of flash floods will rise through late this week, especially in areas where thunderstorms train, a term used to describe repeated rounds of rain that occur over a short period of time. Eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley are currently expected to see the highest rainfall totals through Friday.

Current Radar with Watches and Warnings
(MORE: View National Interactive Radar Map | Difference Between a Watch and a Warning)
The best chance for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms from this first system is on Thursday from southern Louisiana into Mississippi and Arkansas and perhaps into southern Alabama if the storms progress eastward fast enough. The primary threats are damaging straight-line winds and large hail.

Thursday's Thunderstorm Forecast
(MORE: Widespread January Thaw This Week)

Bigger Severe Threat May Loom This Weekend

A strong jet stream will combine with a strong low-pressure system, a piece of Winter Storm Kori and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to bring a greater threat of severe thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday in the South.
Setup this weekend in the South for rain and thunderstorms.


  • Rain and scattered thunderstorms will stretch from eastern Texas through Georgia, northern Florida and western South Carolina.
  • Severe thunderstorms, including damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes, are possible in Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
  • Moderate to heavy rain will also bring the threat of localized flooding across the region.
  • Cities: Houston | New Orleans | Mobile, Alabama

Saturday's Thunderstorm Forecast


  • Scattered thunderstorms and rain will persist from Mississippi to the East Coast.
  • The highest chance for severe thunderstorms is currently anticipated to span from southwestern Mississippi into Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida.
  • Primary threats with any severe storms that develop will be damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes.
  • Heavy rain and flash flooding will remain concerns as well.
  • Cities: Atlanta | Montgomery, Alabama | Tallahassee, Florida

Sunday's Thunderstorm Forecast
Depending on the speed of this low-pressure system, rain and thunderstorms may linger into Monday, especially in the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic.
Given the strong low-pressure system that is expected to develop, along with moderate instability and shear, at least a few severe thunderstorms are likely this weekend. However, a widespread threat of severe weather is possible, but uncertainty remains with regards to location and timing of the greatest chance for dangerous storms.

Rainfall Forecast

Multiple disturbances are expected to impact the South into early next week with rounds of rain, resulting in a wet forecast for much of the region.

Five Day Forecast
Much of the South will receive 1 to 3 inches of rainfall by early next week. Some areas in the lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley and toward the Florida Panhandle will see 3 to 5 inches of rain during this time period.

Rainfall Forecast
Although flooding will be a concern for some areas, steady rainfall will be beneficial to areas still in a drought.
(MAPS: Precipitation Forecast)
The good news is that drought conditions have improved since the fall, but significant rain is still needed in some locations. Portions of northern Georgia and Alabama remain in the second-highest drought category, extreme, as of Jan. 10.
Latest drought conditions as of Jan. 10, 2017.
(U.S. Drought Monitor)
Only 11 percent of Georgia is not experiencing at least abnormally dry conditions and 66 percent of Alabama remains in drought, according to the latest drought monitor.
The expected rainfall over the next week will help continue the trend of improving drought conditions across the region, but will not end it in areas hit hardest.
MORE: Severe Weather in the South

Winter Storm Kori Bringing an Ice Storm to the Northwest, More Feet of Sierra Snow and California Rain

Linda Lam
Published: January 17,2017

Winter Storm Kori will pound parts of the West with mountain snow, ice and flooding rain this week, as another atmospheric river sets up over the region.
(MORE: Winter Storm Central | How Winter Storms Are Named)
An ice storm warning has been issued for the Portland, Oregon, metro area, as well as for parts of the Columbia River Gorge and the northern lee slopes of the Washington Cascades, including the cities of Moses Lake and Wenatchee, Washington, for potentially damaging accumulations of ice.
Freezing rain advisories for lighter accumulations of ice have been posted for portions of northeast Washington and the chimney of Idaho, including Spokane, Washington.

Winter Alerts: West
Portland, Oregon, reported 0.35 inches of ice Tuesday afternoon, and freezing rain was still ongoing early Tuesday evening. Troutdale, Oregon, about 15 miles east of Portland, reported 0.49 inches of ice.
Ice accretion of 0.10 to 0.25 inches has been reported across portions of Washington, including 0.25 inches in Vancouver.
Additionally, flood watches have been posted in parts of western Washington and western Oregon, including the Willamette Valley.
On the heels of a period of flooding and prolific snow last week, another deep plume of moisture known as an atmospheric river has pushed ashore along the West Coast.

Pacific Atmospheric River Watcher
Kori will then slide down the West Coast and push into the Rockies, raising the threat of flooding rain, more heavy mountain snow and, in some areas, more freezing rain and sleet.
Let's get into the particulars of this forecast, starting with timing, then with potential flooding, snow and ice impacts.

Tuesday Night

  • Wind-driven precipitation continues in the Northwest, from northwest California to Oregon and Washington. 
  • Snow levels will rise up to at least 7,000 feet in the Cascades, resulting in snowmelt. This snowmelt, combined with any heavy rainfall, will increase the chance for flooding.
  • Freezing rain is expected in the Columbia River Gorge, upper Hood River Valley and the far northern Willamette Valley. Cold air trapped in other areas of eastern Washington and the chimney of Idaho may lead to sleet or freezing rain, there.
  • Precipitation has changed over to rain in much of the Willamette Valley, but northern areas, including Portland, Oregon, likely won't warm above freezing until after midnight.
(FORECAST: Seattle | Portland, Oregon | Medford, Oregon | Spokane, Washington)

Tuesday's Forecast


  • Moderate to heavy rain and snow will spread farther south and east into northern California.
  • Some rain and mountain snow should reach southern California Wednesday night.
  • Snow levels will start high in the Cascades, but will begin falling later.
  • Snow levels should fall to 3,500 to 4,500 feet in the Sierra Wednesday night.
  • Windy conditions are also expected with the cold front's arrival, with some tree damage and power outages possible.
  • Snow will spread into parts of the inter-mountain West and and northern Rockies.
  • Parts of the Great Basin, from eastern Washington to eastern Oregon, Idaho's "chimney" and the Snake River Plain may see freezing rain and/or sleet.
(FORECAST: San Francisco | South Lake Tahoe | Portland, Oregon | Boise, Idaho)

Wednesday's Forecast


  • Showers will continue in California and the Northwest, but most heavy rain should be over, temporarily.
  • Snow levels will lower to between 2,000 and 4,000 feet in the Cascades and Sierra.
  • Pockets of heavy snow are expected from the northern Rockies to the Four Corners higher elevations.
  • Winds will be gusty once again, especially along the coast and into parts of southern California.

Thursday's Forecast


  • Another strong Pacific front, a second phase of Winter Storm Kori, will surge into the West Coast.
  • Unlike the first phase of Kori, this second front will have low snow levels and send most of its rain and mountain snow into central and southern California.
  • Strong winds are likely to accompany this front, as well.
  • Light to moderate snow will continue with the first phase of Kori Friday in the Rockies from Montana to New Mexico.
(FORECAST: Los Angeles | San Diego | Reno, Nevada

Friday's Forecast


  • Pockets of snow, possibly heavy in spots, will persist in the Four Corners, mountains of southern California, Sierra, Siskiyous and Cascades.
  • Some light to moderate snow, associated with Kori's first phase, may blanket parts of the Dakotas.
(FORECAST: Flagstaff, Arizona | Salt Lake City | Albuquerque | Pierre, South Dakota)

Saturday's Forecast
If that wasn't enough, yet another powerful Pacific storm lurks behind Kori for Sunday with more rain and mountain snow, including in southern California.
(MAPS: 7-Day U.S. Rain/Snow Forecast)

How Much Ice?

The greatest chance for accumulating ice will be in the Columbia River Gorge, the northern Willamette Valley, including portions of the Portland metro area, and in western parts of the Snake River Valley. At least a glaze of ice is also possible in the rest of Idaho's Snake River Valley, including Boise, the leeward slopes of the Washington Cascades and in eastern Oregon.
Slippery roads, not just bridges and overpasses, are likely.
In the ice accumulation forecast below, the following definitions are used:
  • Glaze: Hazardous travel, spotty power outages
  • Damaging: Some tree damage, more numerous power outages

Potential Ice Accumulation

How Much Rain/Snow?

Contrasting with last week, heavy rain will also fall below snow level in western Washington and western Oregon, in addition to parts of northern California. Fortunately, snow levels in the Sierra won't nearly be as high with Winter Storm Kori, and the atmospheric river won't nearly be as potent to trigger the kind of flooding we saw last week.
Despite that, a swath from western Washington to northern California, including the Sierra foothills below snow level, will likely see at least 3 inches of rain through Saturday. Much higher amounts are likely in the coastal ranges and windward slopes of the Olympics.

Rain and Snow Forecast
Water levels in most of northern California have dropped, and given the recent storm track and cold weather, water levels in rivers and streams in western Washington and northwest Oregon are below normal for mid-January.
However, that steady, at times heavy, rain is likely to trigger at least some river flooding the next several days on the most flood-prone rivers.
There is also concern for rain falling on areas of existing heavy snowpack, including in the Portland, Oregon, metro area, where up to 15.5 inches of snow fell from Winter Storm Jupiter.
Fortunately, Kori won't dump another 10-plus feet of snow in the Sierra, but another 1-2 feet are likely through Saturday.
Other parts of the West, including the Cascades, mountains of Idaho and northeast Oregon, southern California mountains and the high country of the Four Corners may pick up a foot of snow through Saturday. This includes parts of Arizona's Mogollon Rim and the Grand Canyon.
If all that wasn't enough, high, possibly locally damaging, surf is expected along parts of the California coast into early next week.

A "Mixed Blessing" of Drought Relief

Last week's heavy rain and feet of Sierra snow effectively wiped out the California drought north of Interstate 80, which had been in place, there, since Dec. 20, 2011.
A big player in California's water supply is spring snowmelt of the Sierra's snowpack. Fortunately, thanks to the recent barrage of storms, the water content of the Sierra snowpack is now almost double the average for mid-January.
Furthermore, reservoir levels in most of the state's major reservoirs are near or above average for this time of year.
However, parts of southern California remain in an extreme to exceptional multi-year drought.

Current Drought Status
Drought relief in southern California is more tricky, often posing a Catch 22.
While some rain is good to moisten soil and vegetation to reduce any fire risk, a wet winter season can fuel the growth of brush that can serve as fuel for wildfires during the summer/early fall dry season.
Furthermore, heavy rain in southern California has two additional impacts:
  • Flash flooding triggered from rapid runoff over impervious surfaces in the L.A. Basin's "concrete jungle."
  • Debris flows over recently-burned wildfire scars. 
The rain rates needed to trigger debris flows in southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, are as low as 0.2 inches per hour.
So, the reality of the situation is, unless the storm's water ends up in a reservoir, one could argue that despite the drought this upcoming barrage of storms may be more headache than helpful for southern California.
MORE: Flooding in California and Nevada (PHOTOS)

Alaska Plunging into Frigid 40s and 50s Below Zero This Week

Brian Donegan
Published: January 17,2017

While much of the Lower 48 enjoys a January thaw this week, Alaska is experiencing some of its coldest air of this winter season. This follows a record-warm 2016 for the nation's 49th state, where some locations even shattered average temperature records by 5 degrees or more.
The frigid air mass is being caused by a blocking jet stream pattern, dipping over the state and trapping the bitterly cold air in place for several days. Cold snaps like this one are not uncommon in the heart of winter.
(MORE: For the U.S., 2016 Was the Second Warmest Year on Record)

Current Temperatures
This bone-chilling air mass has arrived, especially over Alaska's interior. Places near the coast won't be nearly as cold as inland locations, such as Fairbanks.
Tuesday evening, Fairbanks saw the temperature fall to minus 40 degrees, making it the coldest reading there since February 2015 when the mercury dipped to minus 43 degrees.
Monday and Tuesday, parts of western Alaska were in the minus 40s to around minus 50 degrees, including Galena and Ambler. Hogzata River dropped to as low as the minus 50s on Tuesday.
Highs for much of this week will only reach the 20s, 30s and 40s below zero over the state's interior, with coastal areas, such as Anchorage and Bethel, topping out in the teens and single digits below zero.
(FORECAST: Anchorage | FairbanksUtqiaġvik (Barrow))

Forecast Highs
If you thought those high temperatures sounded cold, take a look at the low temperatures in the map below.
Alaska's interior will fall into the 40s to near 55 degrees below zero for morning lows, while locations closer to the coast will be in the teens and 20s below zero.
(MORE: When Is the Coldest Time of the Year?)

Forecast Morning Lows
A minus-15-degree temperature in Anchorage would be the first time that has happened there since Jan. 28, 2012.
Widespread record lows are unexpected this week in Alaska, despite temperatures potentially dipping into the 50s below zero. This week's record lows in Fairbanks range from 57 to 65 degrees below zero.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Fairbanks is 66 degrees below zero. Below is a map of locations that have fallen to 70 degrees below zero or colder in their recorded history. One state in the Lower 48 qualifies – Montana.
(MORE: The Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded in All 50 States)
The coldest temperature recorded in Alaska is 80 degrees below zero.

Winter Storm Jupiter's Icy, Snowy Mess Spreads Through the Northeast Into Wednesday

January 17,2017
Winter Storm Jupiter is now pushing across New England with ice and snow as this week-long winter storm comes to a close.
During the weekend, Jupiter left a mess of downed trees and power outages across parts of the Plains, namely the Texas panhandle, northwest Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Last week, Jupiter brought snow to the Northwest, Sierra Nevada and the Rockies.
(MORE: How Winter Storms Are Named | Winter Storm Central)
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories, freezing rain advisories and winter storm warnings for parts of Upstate New York and New England into Wednesday.

Winter Weather Alerts
(INTERACTIVE: Radar | Storm Reports)
Below is the forecast for Jupiter in the Northeast followed by a recap of the storm.

Through Wednesday

  • Primarily snow is expected from northern New York to Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Maine.
  • Some freezing rain is possible on the southern fringe of that snow, including the upper Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.

Current Radar, Temperatures, Conditions
Parts of northeast New York, northern Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Maine may see at least 6 inches of snow into Wednesday. Lighter accumulations are expected over the rest of Maine.
Ice accumulations could cause travel problems on untreated surfaces, mainly in elevated spots of the Berkshires and Adirondacks.

Winter Storm Jupiter Snowfall Forecast

Storm Recap

Monday Reports (Jan. 16)
Sunday night into Monday, Fairbury, Nebraska, saw up to three quarters of an inch of ice, resulting in broken tree limbs and power outages. One-third of an inch of ice accumulation was observed in Grand Island and Hastings, Nebraska.
Ice accumulations were generally less in the upper Midwest compared to the damaging amounts we saw in the Plains during the weekend. Waterloo, Iowa, received a quarter of an inch of ice, while Des Moines picked up 0.20 inches. Up to 0.20 inches of ice was also measured in Wisconsin, with a tenth of an inch being reported in parts of Lower Michigan. This led to travel problems in some locations.
Sunday Reports (Jan. 15)
Up to 1 inch of ice accumulation was observed in parts of the High Plains by January 15, including Beaver, Oklahoma, and Dodge City, Kansas.
Woodward, Oklahoma, estimated 0.60 to 0.70 inches of ice accretion on trees and power lines.
Up to a half-inch of ice was observed in Canadian, Texas, while a quarter inch of ice accumulated on trees and other surfaces in Amarillo, Texas.
Saturday Reports (Jan. 14)
Three-quarters of an inch of ice was reported in Waynesville, Missouri Saturday morning. Some small tree branches were reported to be broken down.
By evening, freezing rain waned in the Ohio River Valley, but accumulations of one-quarter to one-half inch were becoming common in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.
Friday Reports (Jan. 13)
During the day on Friday, over 100 reports of freezing rain and ice accumulations had come in from Oklahoma to western Kentucky and southwest Indiana.
Trees were downed and power outages reported in Springfield, Missouri, where about one-quarter inch of ice accumulation was observed by midday Friday. Not far from Springfield, more than half of an inch of ice had accumulated in Aldrich, Missouri.
Ice also accumulated on some surfaces in Carbondale, Illinois, Joplin, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, among other locations. Tree damage was observed as far east as Carterville, Illinois.
Tree damage from accumulated ice in Carterville, Illinois, on January 13, 2017, during Winter Storm Jupiter.
(John Chaney)
Some cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were detected along the Interstate 44 corridor of far northeast Oklahoma and southern Missouri early Friday.
Monday - Thursday Reports (Jan. 9-12)
Jupiter's first phase brought major snow accumulations to the West, including lower elevations of the Pacific Northwest.
Up to 15.5 inches of snow was measured in the Portland, Oregon, metro area, beginning Tuesday night into Wednesday, accompanied by thundersnow with rates of up to 4 inches per hour.
According to the National Weather Service, Jupiter was the single biggest snowstorm for many in the metro area in almost 22 years, since a 12-inch snowstorm hammered the city two days before Valentine's Day, 1995.
The weight of this snow downed trees, and numerous vehicles were abandoned on metro streets and freeways.
(NEWS: Thousands Without Power, Hundreds of Cars Abandoned in Oregon)
Since the morning of Jan. 9, parts of the Sierra Nevada picked up almost 80 inches of snow. In Kingvale, California, almost 5 feet of snow fell in 24 hours ending 7 a.m. PST Wednesday.
(LATEST NEWS: Sierra Buried By Feet of Snow)
The combination of this dumping of snow and strong winds Tuesday prompted closure of stretches of Interstate 80, U.S. 50 and California Highway 88 over the Sierra. According to the NWS in Sacramento, the last closure of this magnitude on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit was in March 2011.
In fact, going back over a seven-day period, parts of the Sierra have picked up an almost unfathomable 12 feet of snow, during what the NWS in Reno is calling the biggest Sierra snowstorm in six years.
(MORE: Too Much Snow Shut Down Some Resorts)
The pure volume of snow lead to several avalanches, including a controlled avalanche impacting about a dozen homes in Alpine Meadows, California. Residents of Crystal Bay and Incline Village were asked to shelter in place due to the avalanche threat.
A small avalanche prompting closure of the only plowed road to Crater Lake National Park in southwest Oregon.
Another avalanche also impacted a dozen homes Tuesday in the Greater Lake Tahoe area.
Additionally, heavy snow pounded parts of the Great Basin and Rockies.
The town of Hill City, Idaho, picked up at least 26 inches of snow in 24 hours, with snow so deep, ski lift chairs were said to be dragging in the snow, according to a local media report to the NWS in Boise early Wednesday.
If that all wasn't impressive enough, an EF0 tornado touched down around midnight Wednesday morning near Arco Arena in Sacramento, downing trees and fences and twisting metal awnings.      

Snow and Ice Reports

Here are some selected ice reports from Winter Storm Jupiter, as of Tuesday morning.
Colorado: 0.25 inches in Cheyenne Wells
Illinois: 0.37 inches of sleet and freezing rain near Maeystown; 0.25 inches in Steeleville, O'Fallon, Hoyleton, Waterloo and Quincy
Iowa: 0.33 inches in Eldora; 0.25 inches in Waterloo; 0.20 inches in Des Moines
Kansas: Near 1 inch near Dodge City and in Sharon Springs; 0.75 inches near Lenora; 0.50 in Colby
Kentucky: 0.10 inches in Sturgis
Maryland: 0.12 inches in Eckhart Mines
Michigan: 0.12 inches near St. Helen
Minnesota: 0.30 inches in Savage
Missouri: 0.75 inches near Waynesville and Aldrich; 0.20 inches near St. Louis
Nebraska: 0.75 inches in Fairbury; 0.25 inches in Lincoln; 0.10 inches in Omaha
Ohio: 0.06 inches in Hamilton
Oklahoma: 1 inch in Beaver;  0.60-0.70 inches Woodward
Pennsylvania: 0.10 inches in Little Baltimore
Texas: 0.50 inches in Canadian with broken tree limbs; 0.50 inches in Gruver; 0.50 inches in Darrouzett with trees limbs down; 0.25 inches near Amarillo
Wisconsin: 0.30 inches in Prescott and Plover; 0.06 inches in Madison; 0.04 inches in Milwaukee
Here are some selected snowfall reports from Winter Storm Jupiter, as Monday evening.
California: 79 inches at Soda Springs and Kingvale
Colorado: 26 inches at Molas Pass; 2.2 inches at Denver Int'l Airport
Idaho: Estimated 71.4 inches at the Galena Summit Snotel station; Ski lift chairs were dragging in the snow at the Soldier Mountain Ski Area.
Kansas: 3 inches in Hugoton
Montana: 10 inches near Cooke City
Nevada: 54 inches in 48 hours at Diamond Peak Ski near Incline Village
New Mexico: 24 inches at Magdalena Ridge Observatory; 9 inches at Red River Ski Area; 4 inches near Santa Fe
Oklahoma: 3 inches in Boise City
Oregon: 20 inches near La Pine; 15.5 inches just west of downtown Portland; 13 inches in downtown Portland
Texas: 5 inches in Dumas
Washington: 14 inches near Yacolt
Wyoming: 94.5 inches near Encampment at the Old Battle Snotel (total from last Sunday morning to last Thursday morning)
Check weather.com frequently for the latest updates on this system.
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This Date in Weather History for January 17,2017 from weatherforyou.com

Weather History
For Tuesday,January 17,2017
1817 - A luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire. Saint Elmo's fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England. (David Ludlum)
1893 - The mercury dipped to 17 degrees below zero at Millsboro, DE, to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel)
1972 - A single storm unloaded 77.5 inches of snow at Summit, MT, to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel)
1982 - Strong chinook winds caused severe wind damage in Boulder, CO. Wind gusts to 118 mph was recorded on the roof of the Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL), and a wind gust to 137 mph was measured atop the roof of the NCAR building (in the southwest part of the city, 600 feet above ground level). The high winds uprooted trees and damage roofs. (Storm Data)
1987 - A winter storm spread snow from the Southern Rockies into the Middle Mississippi Valley and southwestern sections of the Great Lakes Region, and freezing rain across Texas and oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Tulia TX, with 12 inches at Wellington KS. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1988 - A Pacific storm battered the southern coast of California. Winds gusting to 65 mph uprooted trees in San Diego. Los Angeles reported an all-time record low baromteric pressure reading of 29.25 inches. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1989 - Strong chinook winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies gusted to 90 mph near Rollinsville CO, and reached 94 mph near Big Timber MT. Heavy snow blanketed parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with eight inches reported in Douglas County WI. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1990 - Twenty cities across the southeastern half of the country reported record high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 61 degrees at Williamstown PA and 85 degrees at Brownsville TX. Evening thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds from eastern Texas to Mississippi. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
2010 - A series of strong Pacific storms impacted Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah from January 17th through 23rd, leaving behind several feet of snow across the higher terrain and breaking numerous lowest barometric pressure records across the region. Sunrise Mountain, Arizona received 77 inches of snow, while Mammoth Lakes, California received 90 inches. (NCDC)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Plane crash kills over 30 in Kyrgyzstan amid freezing fog

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 16,2017, 10:15:21AM,EST
 At least 37 people are dead after a Turkish cargo plane crashed in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, on Monday morning, local time.
Plane crash Kyrgyzstan
A Kyrgyz firefighter inspects a plane crash site outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Monday, Jan. 16,2017. A Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed just outside the Manas airport Monday morning killing people in the residential area adjacent to the Manas airport as well as those on the plane. (AP Photo/Azamat Imanaliev)
According to the Associated Press, at least 15 people, including six children, have been hospitalized. Seventeen people were aboard the plane; another 15 were killed as the plane hit buildings in its attempt to land.
The crash is believed to be caused by "pilot error," according to the AFP.

The plane was attempting a planned stop at Manas International Airport on its journey from Hong Kong to Istanbul when the crash occurred.
“Visibility was reduced to 1/16 of a mile (0.1 km) due to freezing fog at Manas International Airport at the time of the incident,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll said.
Kyrgyzstan weather center
Kyrgyzstan satellite
Bishkek forecast

At least 15 buildings and homes were damaged during the crash.
The airport has closed temporarily as the desperate search for survivors continues.

Up to 8 inches of rain to threaten flooding in northwestern US

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 16,2017, 11:10:08AM,EST
 Storms will return to the northwestern United States as more storms are set to deliver drenching rain and wintry travel hazards this week.
“An atmospheric river of moisture originating near the tropics in the West Pacific Ocean will stretch across the Pacific and help fuel heavy rain across the Northwest Monday night through Wednesday,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root.
Travel delays to both motorists and airline passengers can be anticipated.
Along the coast, there will be the risk of flash and urban flooding, strong winds, mudslides and erosion. Farther inland, travel problems will result from snow, ice and rain.
Unlike last week when Portland, Oregon, endured ice and then one of its snowiest 24-hour periods on record, the track of the storms will bring milder conditions and mostly rain to the I-5 corridor of the Northwest.
Lingering cold should cause the rain to briefly begin as a period of ice and slick travel in Portland on Monday evening.
Pac NW storm

Rainfall generally totaling 2 to 4 inches will otherwise soak Portland and the other I-5 cities of Seattle and Olympia, Washington, and Salem and Eugene, Oregon.
Widespread flash flooding will threaten places along the coast and the western slopes of the northern Cascade Mountains, where rainfall should total 4-8 inches. Some rivers and streams may overflow their banks.
However, many of the rivers in western Washington are running at their lowest levels since the end of the summer, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
The rain will be windswept at times. The strength of the winds toward midweek could lead to sporadic tree damage and power outages along the coast. Seas will build as the winds howl, threatening to cause beach erosion.
Northwestern US interactive radar
Snowplow clipped by tractor-trailer plummets off 300-foot cliff
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Snow levels will rise well above the mountain passes early this week, meaning motorists traveling through Snoqualmie Pass along I-90 will face water on roads and reduced visibility from downpours and fog instead of a snowcovered highway.
“This will not be a big snow event for the Cascades except for the highest peaks as snow levels will rise to between 7,000 and 7,500 feet on Tuesday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Baker said.
However, motorists venturing eastward out of the Cascades will face greater hazards due a more extended period of ice in the valleys of northern Oregon and Washington.
Travel will be treacherous around Ellensburg and Wenatchee, Washington. Travel will become slippery and dangerous, including for a few hours after temperatures rise above freezing.
West expands Jan 15

If enough moisture can survive over the mountains and into these areas, the ice could accumulate enough to cause power outages and tree damage.
The risk of ice will also expand along I-84 from Portland to Pendleton, Oregon, as well as along I-90 to Spokane, Washington, and into western Montana on Monday night into Tuesday, before an eventual changeover to rain.
Wintry weather may become more extensive over the Northwest by this weekend.
“The jet stream (a fast-moving river of air along which storms travel) will take a dip across the West during the midweek and will help bring colder air farther south,” Root said. “That will lower snow levels and allow snow to pile up across the Cascades later in the week.”
Periods of rain, albeit not as heavy as earlier in the week, will continue to dampen the I-5 corridor late this week.
While dry weather will hold across California early this week, the second half of the week will turn stormy.

Building heat in Melbourne to coincide with the start of the 2017 Australian Open

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 16,2017, 8:28:56AM,EST
The Australian Open coincides with the hottest time of the year in Melbourne, Australia, and this year is no exception.
After a comfortable weekend, high pressure will shift to the east of Melbourne, and the door will open for hot air from the north to surge into the city. Temperatures at Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open, will peak around 36-38 C (96-100 F) on Tuesday.
The early afternoon on Tuesday will be the hottest time of the day before a sea breeze kicks in later and allows temperatures to fall.
A high of around 26 C (79 F) is more common at Melbourne Park in January.
Australia 1/16

This round of heat, however, is not likely to halt play on the outdoor courts and cause officials to close the three retractable roofs. The Australian Open's Extreme Heat Policy only goes into effect once the temperature exceeds 40 C (104 F) and the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature reading exceeds 32.5 C (90.5 F).
Calculations for the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature take into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover. As a result of a gusty breeze and low humidity, Wet Bulb Globe Temperatures are expected to remain below action level.
Detailed Melbourne Forecast
Current Satellite
Australia Weather Center

Fans and players will want to take the necessary precautions, including drinking plenty of water and wearing light-colored clothing, to protect themselves from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
By Tuesday evening, a turn to cooler conditions are expected as a cold front pushes across the city. This front will bring a few showers, but any rain should be brief. More comfortable temperatures will return for play on Wednesday.
Pleasant and dry weather will continue on Thursday before the threat for rain increases Thursday night into Friday.

Disruptive storm to spread wintry mix across midwestern, northeastern US into midweek

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 16,2017, 11:27:02AM,EST
 After causing significant icing in the central United States, a storm will shift into the Northeast by Tuesday.
While the worst of the ice storm has now passed, enough wintry weather will occur from the Upper Midwest to portions of the Northeast to cause slippery travel.
Ice will continue to shift north and east across the center of the country into Monday night.
Static Ice Map 10am

A swath of freezing rain could cause slippery roads and sidewalks from eastern Nebraska through Iowa, southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois and into Michigan.
The unsettled weather will shift eastward on Tuesday.
“With warm air pouring in from the south, the dominant precipitation type in the Northeast will be rain,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown said.
While motorists from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and New York City will face longer-than-average commute times, they will only have to contend with poor visibility and wet roads.
Slick spots could develop over colder interior areas at the onset of the rain during Monday night and Tuesday morning. This includes portions of central and northern Pennsylvania and southern and western New York state.
Static Tues NE

“Farther north, there will be a wintry mix and even snow later Tuesday into Wednesday,” Brown said.
As the moisture runs into stubborn cold air across upstate New York and New England, snow and ice will form.
Snow will track from Vermont to Maine beginning on Tuesday evening and continuing on Wednesday, Brown said.
The snow will likely accumulate enough to shovel and plow along this swath.
Northeast interactive radar
March-like warmth to dominate mid-Atlantic, midwestern US this week
PHOTOS: At least 6 killed in central US as Ice Storm of 2017 wreaks havoc

"While Boston is likely to receive little or no snow and ice from the storm, areas a few dozen miles to the northwest, such as around Concord, New Hampshire, may receive a heavy snowfall, making travel difficult," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
As the storm departs on Wednesday, there can be lingering rain and snow showers across interior areas.
Overall, the weather will turn drier from Wednesday to Thursday, before a new storm approaches to end the workweek.

Severe and flooding storms to target Texas, Oklahoma as weekend ends

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 16,2017, 8:29:38AM,EST
 The same storm system responsible for the ice storm in the central United States will trigger severe and flooding thunderstorms in parts of Texas and Oklahoma to end this weekend.
“South of the storm’s track, a large area of rain and potentially severe thunderstorms will erupt on Sunday afternoon in western Texas and race eastward during the overnight hours,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.
“Areas hit by the most destructive storms may experience both property and roof damage, as well as flooding concerns,” he added.
A tornado was confirmed near Arlington, Texas, around 8:45 p.m. CST on Sunday. Fans who stayed at AT&T Stadium after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys were forced to remain in place until the severe threat had passed.
Severe Jan 15 Eve

As Sunday night progresses, the threat will mainly shift to flooding downpours.
"Flooding downpours will become the main concern later Sunday night as the thunderstorms track toward Tyler and Waco, Texas, and into Oklahoma," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "This includes Oklahoma City."
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"The risk of damaging winds will lessen, but there can still be localized gusts that cause sporadic tree damage and power outages."
Flight delays and slow traffic could ensue as storms pass through these cities, resulting in decreased visibility and pooling water on roadways.
The threat of urban flooding and isolated damaging winds will shift eastward into the lower Mississippi Valley on Monday.
SC regional Monday
The heavy thunderstorms from Sunday night will shift to Arkansas and northeastern Texas on Monday morning, followed by the development of additional thunderstorms in the afternoon.
The thunderstorms will rattle communities from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Tyler and Austin, Texas.
Localized flash flooding can result, but AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Alex Avalos states that isolated wind gusts to 60 mph cannot be ruled out.
During the week, the track of future storm systems will favor rounds of heavy rain, drought relief and possible flooding problems from the Mississippi Delta region to the southern Appalachians.

Pileup crashes and slide-offs occur as Ice Storm of 2017 strikes central US

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 16,2017, 7:43:44AM,EST
 As of 6:42 a.m. CST Monday, this reports story will no longer be updated.

A long-duration ice storm will continue to cause dangerous travel across the Central states through Monday.
Hazardous travel will threaten motorists for hundreds of miles along interstates 35, 70 and 80.
An icy mix and slippery travel will expand into the Upper Midwest on Monday.

Surviving a power outage during an ice storm
Severe central US ice storm to cut power, immobilize travel and cause damage
Interactive radar

As of early Monday morning, incoming reports say there is an accumulation of ice from a tenth to a quarter of an inch in parts of Nebraska and Iowa.

The ice storm has claimed the lives of six people due to icy road conditions and inclement weather.
According to the state highway patrol crash reports three people died in separate car crashes in Missouri due to weather-related hazards on Friday and Saturday.

A driver of a semitrailer died in a crash in Oklahoma on Interstate 40. The interstate was closed in two places in western portions of the state because of wrecks, including the jackknifing of several tractor-trailers in icy conditions.
More semitrailer wrecks have stalled traffic on I-80 near Kearney, Nebraska.

The Kansas City Chiefs have been preparing for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Crews are busy keeping water off the tarp and airing out the field.

Power outages are rising quickly in Oklahoma . OG&E is reporting 5,267 current outages as of 9:10 a.m. CST.
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(Image via OG&E)

As of 8:30 a.m. CST current outage reports in Oklahoma show 4,864 without power. Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) is assessing the time it will take to restore power.

At least three fatalities have been reported by highway patrol in Missouri and Oklahoma due to icy roads as of 7:40 a.m. CST on Jan. 15.
Traffic advisories from OK DOT tell drivers to avoid unnecessary travel. Motorists should be alert to the potential for ice on the roadway, go slow and allow extra time for travel.
Drivers should be aware of the slick and hazardous highways and interstates in southwestern Oklahoma, including I-40 in western Oklahoma. Northeastern and central Oklahoma, including the OKC and Tulsa metros, have isolated slick spots.
MoDOT issued a winter weather advisory for reduced travel. Motorists should avoid travel in Missouri, if possible, through Sunday due to ongoing significant amounts of freezing rain, sleet and ice. Check the traveler information report before traveling.

Ice has accumulated up to a half an inch around Dodge City, Kansas. Power outages have been reported south of the city in Ashland, Kansas.

After a long break from icy conditions, freezing rain has resumed in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri. An observer at the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport reports that ice has started to accumulate on cars and elevated surfaces near the airport.

Freezing rain is coming down heavily across western Oklahoma and southern Kansas as of early Sunday morning. Continue to be careful on area roadways as icy spots are expected.
Power outages are also mounting across the region. Over 2,000 OGE Energy customers are without power across western and central Oklahoma.
Roadways are slick across much of western Oklahoma as indicated by the blue shading. (Image/Oklahoma DOT)

Ice is building up on trees and power lines across the Texas Panhandle, causing some to fall under the weight. A half inch of ice has been reported at Canadian, Texas, which has caused several large tree limbs to break across the town.

Freezing rain continues to spread across the Wichita, Kansas area with possible impacts on trees, power lines and untreated surfaces. NWS Wichita is reporting that roads and sidewalks in Hutchinson, Kansas, are freezing up, and ice is forming on trees and elevated surfaces in Hesston and Clearwater.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg, significant icing will continue across much of central and southeastern Kansas through Sunday. The heaviest icing will occur from Salina through Dodge City, but areas farther southeast from Topeka through Wichita will also have significant icing. Travel will be treacherous through the day on Sunday as temperatures struggle to reach above freezing.
"Travel should only be done in an emergency as roads and sidewalks will be ice covered and very slick," Hoegg said. "Conditions can change rapidly over short distances on roadways and anyone that has to be out will want to take extreme caution."

Multiple crashes occurred due to drivers losing control of their vehicles on the ice-covered roadways, including one fatality, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol.
A couple of crashes involved vehicles that slid off the roadway striking an embankment and guard rails.

Ice storm warning remains in effect for the majority of the Central states. Freezing drizzle and rain will add more to ice accumulations. Heavier accumulations of ice may cause damage to tree limbs and power lines leading to power outages.

As of 8:30 a.m. CST power is slowly being restored across Missouri and Illinois. Power outages in Illinois have decreased to 345 customers, while power outages in Missouri have decreased to 3,773.
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Power outage map of Missouri. (Image via Ameren Missouri)

Power outages are rising to almost 5,000 in parts of Missouri as ice continues to glaze the Central states through early Sunday morning.
Roads, bridges and overpasses will most likely be hazardous and slick.
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Road conditions remain hazardous in Illinois. (Image via Illinois DOT)

"Residents of Kansas and central Missouri, including Wichita and Kansas City, that dealt with freezing rain glazing surfaces on Friday night, but are
starting Saturday dry should not let their guard down," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
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As of 7:45 a.m. CST freezing rain continues to hammer the Central states.

"The worst of the ice storm is still yet to come. Freezing rain in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma will spread back northward on Saturday afternoon into the night, before persisting into Sunday," Pydynowski said.

According to OK DOT all lanes of I-40 are closed just west of Weatherford in Custer County as of 6:30 a.m. CST. Roads are slick and hazardous, and drivers should avoid the area.
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Areas of I-40 have severe road conditions. (Image via OK DOT)

Driving in these conditions is dangerous. If you must travel, use extreme caution, reduce speed and stay back 150 feet from snow removal equipment.
If traffic light signals are not working due to a power outage, treat dark signals as a four-way stop.

Power outages are mounting as ice continues to glaze the Central states. As of 6 a.m. CST, over 5,000 Ameren customers are without power in Missouri. In Illinois, nearly 900 Ameren customers are in the dark.

As ice expands into central and southern Illinois, roadway conditions are quickly deteriorating across the state. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, portions of interstates 55, 64, 70 and 72 are partially or completely covered with ice as of 3:45 a.m. CST.

Ice accumulations as of 3 a.m. CST:
Ice totals 1.14 AM

Freezing rain is expanding to the north and east across Missouri early Saturday morning. Ice has resumed in the St. Louis metro area after a brief break during Friday evening. Large stretches of Interstate 70 are slick due to the ice, the Missouri Department of Transportation reports.

As of 10 p.m. CST, freezing rain has begun to fall in and around the Kansas City metro area. Icy spots are developing quickly on area roadways and several accidents have already been reported. Road conditions will continue to deteriorate throughout the night across the region.

Several crashes, including a 22-car pileup in downtown Wichita, Kansas, were caused by freezing rain and ice along the city's highways on Friday night. According to KAKE, the pileup occurred on the off ramp from westbound Kellogg to the Central Business District. A man whose car was part of the accident said the ramp was "like ice." No significant injuries are reported, but people are advised to stay off the roads.
Other crashes across Wichita, according to KAKE, include a crash on Lincoln and McClean, where the bridge on Lincoln over the Arkansas river was closed. Also, on K-96 and Oliver, police were advising people to avoid the area as multiple accidents were congesting the highway.
City officials instated the Emergency Accident Reporting Plan due to the weather conditions, KAKE reported.

In a news conference late on Friday afternoon, according to the AP, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens thanked the state’s residents for staying off roads during the ice storm but warned that dangerous conditions will remain through Sunday.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports it responded to about 100 crashes on Friday, with one fatality related to the storm. Power outages were small and scattered across the state.
While temperatures have risen above freezing in far southern Missouri, said AccuWeather Meterologist Randy Adkins, much of the state will continue to deal with freezing rain and drizzle overnight. The heaviest/steadiest activity will occur along the I-44 corridor from the St. Louis Metro to areas just north of Springfield.
"Expect very dangerous driving conditions, not just from slippery roads, but also from downed tree branches and power lines as the weight of the ice increases," Adkins said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol has reported that state offices were closed at 2 p.m. CST due to the hazardous weather conditions caused by the ice storm. Officers will still be on the road and a dispatch answering service is in place.

Illinois Department of Transportation (I) crews will be working around the clock this weekend to respond to any emergencies related to the ice storm.

Football fans who are planning to attend the NFL divisional round matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers in Kansas City on Sunday will need to re-adjust their schedules. Due to the severity of the storm, on Friday afternoon, the NFL announced that the kickoff time had been moved to 8:20 p.m. EST. The game had originally been scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST.

A steady rain will continue to fill in around the St. Louis metro area, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dean DeVore.
A storm total of 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch of ice is expected for the area through midday Saturday.
Some icy conditions have already been reported along Interstate 44 from St. Louis into southwestern Missouri, Devore added.

As of 12:20 p.m. CST Friday, about 0.25 of an inch of ice has been reported in areas across south-central Missouri and the heaviest area of freezing rain will continue to move into southern Illinois during the afternoon.
Sporadic power outages have been reported around Springfield, Missouri, with trees down in the area as well.
Missouri snow
Significant accumulation has occurred across Arcadia, Missouri. (Photo/Kasey Likely)
(Photo/Kasey Likely)

A fatal crash was reported on northbound Interstate 55 near Festus, Missouri, on Friday, morning. Festus is located about 40 minutes south of St. Louis.
The Missouri Highway Patrol (MSHP) is investigating the accident. The MSHP also reported that a southbound stretch of I-55 is closed due to the icy conditions.
Freezing rain coated this tree in Arcadia, Missouri, on Friday. Arcadia is located about two hours south of St. Louis.
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(Photo/Kasey Likely)

As the ice storm develops, here is a list of vital tips to follow to deal with the storm. It is widely recommended that residents stay indoors and avoid traveling, unless necessary.
Infographic: How to prepare for an ice storm

The storm preparations began Thursday in Olathe, Kansas. Customers nearly emptied the shelves in this Walmart.
(Photo/Twitter user @TroopCandiceKHP)

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka, at 7 a.m. Friday. This will help officials monitor the impacts of the winter storm that will cover much of the state.
Officials said that residents are urged to stay home and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.