Dangerous ice storm on its way
January 26, 2013 7:32PM
Updated: February 28, 2013 7:13AM
ROMEOVILLE — An ice storm bringing dangerous conditions is expected to hit the Chicago area on Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
The area can expect freezing rain on Sunday morning, possibly mixed with some sleet, the service said. Ice could accumulate on roads, sidewalks, trees and power lines, especially along and north of the Interstate 80 corridor.
A winter storm watch is in effect north of I-80, and a freezing rain advisory has been issued south of I-80.
“Untreated roads become extraordinarily icy, and driving becomes nearly impossible with no traction,” the service said. “Walkways turn quickly to solid sheets of ice. Walking becomes nearly impossible. Ice accumulates on trees and power lines. Power outages become likely.”
Residents are urged to have candles, flashlights and batteries handy in case of a power outage.
The rain is expected to overspread the area — along with north-central Illinois and northwest Indiana — on late Sunday morning. Highs are expected in the low 30s.
The rain should persist through the evening, which will bring lows in the lower 30s, according to the service’s Romeoville office.
Monday should see highs in the mid 40s, with a chance of thunderstorms late Monday night, Tuesday and Tuesday evening.
“Some of these thunderstorms may be strong to perhaps severe,” the weather service said.
There is potential for heavy rainfall on Tuesday into the evening that could result in flooding, the service said.