Icy conditions trigger travel hazards across central US on Thursday

Published on : Friday, February 23, 2018

Central and eastern US to face traffic disruption for winter stormsDangerous icy conditions are expected to develop while chilly air spills into the center of the nation behind heavy rains.


After the recent surge of unseasonal warmth in the Central and Midwest states, the cool and wet weather that followed felt particularly wintry. The frigid air that follows would feel very biting as well.


And after nearing 70 degrees Fahrenheit in St. Louis on Tuesday, temperatures continued to be in the low 30s F on Wednesday.


This had compelled the continuing rainfall to freeze when it had landed and it resulted in a coating of ice on raised surfaces and a few sidewalks and roads. Kyle Elliott who is the meteorologist of AccuWeather mentioned that freezing rain along with sleet that had broken out across the southern Plains on Wednesday morning would be slicing northeastward, finally streaking eastward along the Interstate-80 corridor in Pennsylvania and Ohio into Thursday.


Four people were killed in a car accident on the I-80 close to New York in Nebraska on Tuesday.


Authorities said that speed and slippery road conditions were some of the factors in the crash as per a regional news media.


The ice storm would impact the metro areas of Oklahoma City, Topeka, Wichita, Kansas, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri, Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa.


Waterford, Texas was one of the several towns based in the central United States there were ice covered elevated surfaces, including trees.


Areas of standing water remaining from recent downpours were also at a risk of freezing that was created by icy patches on paved surfaces. Elliott warned that large areas of interstates 35, 40, 70 and 80 corridors that would be impacted by the icing event and therefore the roadways would be quite treacherous and travel would be very slow.


Airline travel might be impacted as well.


And deicing efforts had been delaying flights that connect through Kansas City, Oklahoma City and St. Louis.


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