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Ice Storm Building

15 Dec 2008, 10:31 pm
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Earlier today National Weather Service Offices in the south began issuing ice storm warnings and freezing rain advisories. As of about an hour ago, our Radar Center began detecting traces of freezing rain and sleet along the Tennessee Valley southwest into central Arkansas.

This storm has the potential to be as severe as the ice and snow that pummeled the Northeastern United States last week as we previously reported. Driving along roadways during these conditions, especially at night can be a dangerous situation. Black ice has a tendency to build along roadways, especially on overpasses, and is difficult to notice, not to mention normal icy buildup during this type of event.

Below is an ice storm warning issued by the National Weather Service Office in Memphis, TN.



URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
616 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008

SIGNIFICANT ICE AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED ACROSS PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH THROUGH NOON TUESDAY…

SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD SOUTH ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH TONIGHT. SIGNIFICANT AND POSSIBLY DAMAGING ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT AS FREEZING RAIN DEVELOPS ACROSS THE MID SOUTH. IN ADDITION SIGNIFICANT SLEET ACCUMULATIONS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE TONIGHT FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ACROSS THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL INTO NORTHWEST TENNESSEE.

616 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008

ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM CST TUESDAY…

AN ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM CST TUESDAY.

FREEZING RAIN WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING AND TAPER OFF TUESDAY MORNING.

SIGNIFICANT AND POSSIBLY DAMAGING ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH BETWEEN 1/4 AND 1/2 INCH ICE ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH NOON TUESDAY.

AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER.



Please be sure to view our Advisory and Radar Centers for the latest updates and developments.

As always stay tuned to your favorite weather outlet, stay informed, and stay safe!

cheers,

–patrick

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