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Today’s Fun Winter Weather Update: An Ice Storm Just In Time For Your Drive Home

The rain will leave a "glaze of ice" on streets, making them a slippery mess for drivers.

An ice storm is expected to hit the city Tuesday evening.
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DOWNTOWN — The wild winter weather keeps coming, with an ice storm expected following the rapid temperature swings we’ve experienced in the past week.

Tuesday is only expected to get as warm as 33 degrees, meaning it’ll be near the freezing mark all day, said Charles Mott, a National Weather Service meteorologist. The chilly temperatures will turn the rain expected to hit at 6 p.m. into ice and will make for icy roads.

“It falls as rain, then when it hits the pavement it freezes,” Mott said. “It’s slick. It’s slippery. It makes it tough to drive on ice and it makes it tough to walk on, also, because there’s a glaze of ice.”

The National Weather Service has an Ice Storm Warning that will be in effect 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. It warned the city and surrounding area will be affected by “significant icing.”

The storm could damage trees, cause power outages and travel “could be nearly impossible” on untreated roads, according to the Ice Storm Warning.

The agency said it is “strongly” discouraging traveling, but advised drivers who do venture out to take a flashlight, food and water in case of an emergency.

More rain is expected on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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