"Mid-South Braces for Devastating Ice Storm: Power Outages and Tree Damage Expected"
The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning starting at 6 PM tonight and lasting until noon on Wednesday. The warning affects most counties within the News Channel 3 viewing region. The NWS predicts the area could receive between 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice accumulations between Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon. A number of school districts have already announced closures or delays for Tuesday in light of the forecast.
The City of Memphis has announced plans to apply brine to roads for ice prevention, but will not proceed if heavy rain is expected as it would render the treatment ineffective. Priority will be given to treating bridges, overpasses, and hilly major roads. The city urges caution and encourages residents to avoid driving if possible.
Expect cloudy and damp conditions with light drizzle this morning. The day ahead will be chilly with highs in the upper 30s and north winds. Overnight, freezing rain or sleet is possible, causing travel concerns on bridges and overpasses. Lows will be in the upper 20s by dawn. Highs on Tuesday will reach the lower 30s. The National Weather Service warns of an incoming ice storm starting this afternoon, with two rounds of ice forecasted - the first from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning and the second from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. This may lead to power outages and tree damage. The week will end with a slow warm up, clearing skies, and below-normal temperatures. Plan ahead for potential weather-related difficulties.