A potent storm started to take shape on Tuesday. On the northern side of the low pressure system, temperatures were hovering right around freezing. This meant freezing rain started making roads dangerously slick.
Ice covered roadways and surfaces across Oklahoma and Texas during Tuesday afternoon and evening. Some locations saw ice accumulations of as much as a quarter of an inch.
The freezing rain continued all the way from Oklahoma to Connecticut causing many issues on the roads and causing power outages. Some areas of Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania were put under a Snow Emergency for Wednesday due to the dangerous road conditions from the ice and the snow.
Be careful when venturing outside. A glaze of #ice, or at least icy spots, may be outside your door this morning. Note – Some areas of freezing drizzle area being reported in spots where weather radar is not showing anything (drizzle drops are too small for the radar to see).
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) February 7, 2018
Some places like Elizabeth, PA saw 3/4th of an inch of ice accumulating on surfaces.
Trace ice accumulation along trees and brush sent in by Warren Faught from @AugustaCountyVA @NWS_BaltWash Slippery conditions are expected on roads, bridges and sidewalks as temperatures are just barely above freezing. pic.twitter.com/jGpxElDEPW
— Frances Peyton (@WHSVFPeyton) February 7, 2018
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Kate Mantych