Dangerous U.S. Ice Storm to Impact Region from Texas to Ohio Valley
Fifteen million Americans are under winter weather warnings
A potentially significant ice storm is underway across the south-central United States and will spread northeast and affect parts of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys by Monday afternoon. Multiple waves of freezing rain, which will deposit a dangerous glaze of ice on roadways, structures and vegetation, are expected through Wednesday, making for treacherous travel and potential power outages.
While some 15 million Americans are under winter storm and ice storm warnings, the hardest hit will be Texas, where up to two-thirds of an inch of ice buildup is likely to bring down power lines and tree limbs over the next 48 hours. Almost two years ago, freezing drizzle caused a 133-car pileup in Fort Worth that killed six people, and with a more widespread and significant ice storm looming this time, the effects could be serious.
"It doesn't take much ice or melted sleet that refreezes at night to cause very slick and hazardous travel conditions... even on the more well-traveled roads, highways and interstates," the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth wrote Monday morning.
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