Weather Alert: Ice Storm Warning issued for parts of Mid-Missouri
7 a.m. Update:
Audrain, Boone, and Moniteau counties were downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory. All other counties remain under the initial alerts set Wednesday evening. These winter weather alerts last until Noon Thursday as a mix of rain, freezing, rain, sleet, and snow continues in the morning.
While widespread, icy roads are not expected across mid-Missouri, roads could be slippery as and after precipitation falls. Codnitiosn will dry out in the early afternoon, but temperatures will plummet after.
With temperatures falling well below freezing in the evening, any sitting precipitation could refreeze for the evening commute.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Audrain, Benton, Boone, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Saline and Randolph counties through Noon Thursday for possible ice accumulation up to 1/4 inch and gusty winds.
A Winter Weather Advisory for Callaway, Camden, Cole, Osage, Maries, Miller, Phelps and Pulaski counties also through Noon Thursday for possible ice accumulation up to 1/10 inch.
Areas of freezing rain and drizzle will continue and sleet is also possible with a few thunderstorms as temperatures range from the upper 20s to low 30s Thursday morning and areas of dense fog are also expected.
The combination of these element could make traveling dangerous early Thursday morning.
Localized power outages are also possible but not expected. 1/4 inch of ice adds roughly an additional 500 pounds of weight per line segment. Newer lines with newer connections should be fine even with gusty winds. But older lines and older connections are at a higher risk of failing due to gusty winds or fallen limbs. Crews are on standby in case they need to be dispatched.
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