Ice storm glazes central US; sleet-slick roadways caused five fatalities

Ice storm targets midsection of US
Ice storm targets midsection of US


    Ice storm targets midsection of US


Ice storm targets midsection of US 02:01

Story highlights

  • Freezing rain to continue over much of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri
  • Weather has caused at least five deaths across hardest-hit states

(CNN)The icy weather will linger a bit longer.

The major winter storm affecting parts of the central United States and upper Midwest will continue through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
A wintry mix of snow and ice is expected from the Central Plains over into the Great Lakes as additional weather systems intensify and move northeast through Tuesday, the agency said.
    The storm will push north and then east and impact cities like Chicago, Green Bay and Detroit. It will then head to Rochester, New York, and Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday into Wednesday, said CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.
    Cold Arctic air meets warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, setting the stage for an ice storm.
    Warm, southerly air will move into the system as it pushes into the Ohio Valley, Chinchar said.
    The wintry precipitation is expected to turn into mostly rain as it advances into the Northeast by late Tuesday and Wednesday.
    In other parts of the country, significant freezing rain and ice will hit central Kansas and eastern Nebraska and move toward Central Iowa on Monday.
    On the southern side of the storm, severe weather moved through Texas with one tornado reported outside of Dallas in Grand Prairie. Some damage has been reported to homes and an airport hangar. No injuries were reported.
    Heavy rains were also an issue from Dallas to San Antonio where flash flooding occurred.

    Ice in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri

    More than 17 million Americans are under some type of wintry watch, warning or advisory from the storm in the Midwest, and 3.8 million of those fall under an ice storm warning.
    The hardest-hit states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri will continue to see up to 1 inch of ice coating trees and roads, making travel tricky and potentially bringing power outages to millions of residents.
    Dangerous travel conditions remain a problem with numerous accidents reported due to the icy roadways.
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties on Thursday.
    In Kansas and Missouri, nearly 200 National Guard soldiers geared up to provide emergency response assistance to local authorities.
    In Missouri, three people have died on highways due to the inclement weather conditions, Missouri Dept. of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell told CNN.
    A multivehicle crash on Saturday led to one motorist being ejected and struck by an unidentified vehicle going southbound on Interstate 29 in Platte County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Also on Saturday, another vehicle overturned on an ice covered roadway in Nodaway County and the driver was ejected.
    On Friday, a motorist died after she lost control of her vehicle on an icy overpass on Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri.
    The icy conditions caused another weather-related death in Custer County, Oklahoma. A motorist died during a traffic collision in the western part of the state, which resulted in a multi-vehicle pile up on Interstate 40, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
    Large stretches of the central US will be impacted by the winter storm.
    Oklahoma area hospitals have reported 65 weather-related injuries, the city's Department of Emergency Management told CNN. The majority of those hurt were injured in falls.
    In Kansas on Saturday, winter weather conditions caused a fatal car crash in the southwestern part of the state, according to Kansas Adjutant General's Department.

    Escaping injury

    A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper narrowly steered clear of injury on an interstate highway Sunday morning when the driver of a semi-truck lost control at a median crossing, police said.
    The dramatic video was captured on the patrol car dashcam and later posted to Twitter and Facebook.
    The incident happened as the trooper was traveling east in Russell County on Interstate 70.
    No one was injured.