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Thanksgiving Ice Storm Threatens South, Midwest

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A slippery start to Thanksgiving for parts of Colorado and Nebraska will turn into a full-fledged ice storm across a wide swath of the Plains by Friday and Saturday.

Light freezing rain glazed over roads in the Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado metro areas on Thursday morning, along with Omaha, Nebraska. The National Weather Service in Omaha reported on Thanksgiving morning that up to an eighth of an inch of ice had glazed over roads near Lincoln, Nebraska. More ice is expected as an Arctic cold front blasts south into north Texas and eastern New Mexico overnight Thursday into Friday, drawing in a shallow layer of cold air at the surface that will set up a potentially significant ice event.

Overnight, rain will change over to sleet and freezing rain in cities such as Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas; Woodward and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Wichita, Dodge City and Garden City, Kansas; Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Denver and Colorado Springs will see mostly light snow for both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, along with bitterly cold temperatures that likely won’t reach 20° in either city either day.

Meanwhile, the worst of the ice looks to be centered on the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, with up to an inch of freezing rain and sleet possible between tonight and Saturday morning, when the slow-moving upper level low responsible for the wintry weather finally pushes east. Downed trees and power lines will not only be possible but likely in areas where more than half an inch of ice occurs. Flash flooding with the same system could produce up to 8″ of rain in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, where flash flood watches are in place through Friday and Saturday.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this potentially significant dual winter storm and flood threat.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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