INDOT, DPW prepare for freezing rain throughout the weekend

Rain will be the most likely form of precipitation for most of the area as temperatures rise above freezing Saturday afternoon.

Since temperatures will be hovering around the freezing mark, much of the precipitation may fall as rain or freezing rain but likely -not- as snow, though parts of northern Iowa (north of Highway 20) may see an inch or so of snow. That would still make roads slick, but it's better than earlier forecasts. Another chance of freezing rain is expected to come into the area Saturday night and into Sunday morning before temperatures rise well above freezing.

The area that looks to see the most significant impact from icing will be from just south of Kansas City to just northwest of Springfield, Missouri.

A freezing rain advisory starts at 7 p.m. tonight through 1 p.m. Saturday. The heavy ice accumulations will make travel unsafe or impossible. The rain will freeze into a glaze of ice. In Beatrice, Tractor Supply manager Virginia Dorf said customers have stopped in to buy extra feed for their animals or ice melts, and several purchased generators.

Monday - A mix of rain and freezing rain in the morning...changing to all rain.

Greitens told reporters at the center Thursday that he called a state of emergency and said the Missouri Transportation Department had started pre-treating roads and would continue to do so throughout the storm.

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Ice accumulations here are minor in comparison.

News 18's Meteorologist Amber Hardwick said the latest data suggests the freezing rainfall and ice should reach our southwestern counties around 10 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter storm watch for the Vermilion County area beginning this afternoon and running through Sunday afternoon. Long spans of interstate will probably be shut down at times this weekend.

The winter storm watch issued Thursday changed, too.

"This is one of those instances where you want to make sure that the salt is down at the right time, because if you salt while it's raining, then the salt could wash away", she said.

Downed lines can be reported by calling 1-800-755-5000.