Thursday, February 7, 2019

Freezing Rain Impacts

Good evening Stateline! We have a few reports from across the viewing area regarding the freezing rain. Our top report comes from Freeport of .4" of freezing rain. A few other spots across the region saw between .2" and .3". And here at the Rockford International Airport, we saw .16".

With all the ice we have gotten over the past few days, It does bring a few impacts to the area. Not only to the roads, but to your homes as well. If you have ice accumulations of a quarter of an inch of less, light ice will begin to accumulate on trees & roadways will start to become slick.

Then between .25 and .50", tree limbs will begin to sag and even break. If one of these tree limbs is over a power line, it can cause a minor power outage in your area. Please have a kit and a heat source ready just in case you lose power.

Now we are starting off the night under a winter weather advisory. This is mainly for the hazardous road conditions and for the blustery conditions we will see tonight into tomorrow morning. This advisory includes all of our northern Illinois counties and will be in effect until 10 AM tomorrow morning.

Here is a look at your first warn rundown. It will be a blustery and cold night tonight. Winds will gust up to 40 mph throughout the night with wind chills Friday morning ranging between -10° to -20°. So not only bundle up tomorrow morning, but give yourself extra time when out on the roads. The roads tomorrow morning for the morning commute will be a bit slick. The winds will stick around for the most part tomorrow, but we will see some sunshine as high pressure moves in. We are looking at a high of 10° tomorrow. So it will be cold, but it will be nice to see some sunshine after all the freezing rain we saw this week!  

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