Freezing rain may slow Saturday travel

This will be a common sight Sunday night as we transition to all freezing rain! We might see pure rain Monday around noon when surface temperatures reach just above that freezing point with a high predicted around 34 in Carroll.

Ice, freezing rain and winter storm warnings were in effect for a large swath of the Plains, from the Texas panhandle north into Iowa and east through central in, the Weather Service said in an advisory.

The rain will initially be light and roads will start to turn slick before the morning drive. The first wave will bring freezing rain to southern Illinois on Friday with a wintry mix developing across Central Illinois Friday night in to Saturday morning.

Dozens of flights were cancelled at Lambert Airport in St. Louis as freezing rain moved in.

Cloudy skies with a low around 21 and a 40 percent chance of freezing rain or freezing drizzle Friday night. The heavy ice accumulations will make travel risky or impossible. Up to a half-inch of rain is possible. MoDOT says the chemical treatment on the roads in that area is keeping the highways from being completely covered in ice. This is a long duration for a freezing rain event. North of that area will still have a chance for light ice accumulation.

A winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday morning to Monday morning.

Cloudy skies and a high near 26 degrees Friday, with a slight chance of freezing rain after 4 p.m.

A potentially risky ice storm will move across the Midwest and central united states over the next few days.

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.

Those warnings are already in place for parts of downstate Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma for this weekend.

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

"Whenever a winter storm is forecast, you should ask yourself if your trip is necessary before heading out", Blankenhorn said.