Freezing rain could make for a slick morning commute

Feb 20, 2018, 20:15
Freezing rain could make for a slick morning commute

Colder air will infiltrate from the north, allowing for freezing rain to develop in our northern areas during the afternoon and central sections in the evening through overnight. School districts canceled classes, and KCI airport was reporting several flight cancellations and delays.

The National Weather Service office in Omaha/Valley has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from north of Beatrice to Hartington effective at midnight tonight and expiring at noon on Monday.

Saturday's high in Madison was 29 at 1:54 p.m., 3 degrees below the normal high and 32 degrees below the record high of 61 for February 17, set in 1981. Several others have been delayed. Travelers and those meeting or seeing them off should check for real-time flight information.

Multiple wrecks were reported on the Kansas side of the metro Tuesday morning.

What's causing the icy weather?

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Today, a light freezing rain and freezing drizzle is impacting far western to north central Iowa.

Wednesday will feature sunny skies early followed by a few clouds. Untreated roads will be very slick. We will stay below freezing in the areas that are already dealing with the freezing rain and drizzle.

"This is a hard storm to work", Reilly said.

Kansas City Aviation Department crews have been out all morning treating the airfield with specialized deicing chemicals at the Kansas City International Airport.

The Weather Service said the chances for rain are 100 percent Monday, 90 percent Monday night and Tuesday, and 30 percent Tuesday night, with possible rain totals of a quarter- to half-inch Monday and again Tuesday, and some freezing rain possible mixing in Monday night. The precipitation will wind down altogether Tuesday afternoon.