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Millions brace for a major ice storm across southern, central U.S.


A significant winter storm will bring several rounds of freezing rain that could lead to power outages and dangerous travel this week.

Key Highlights

Threats: freezing rain, ice, power outages, business disruptions

States affected: TX, KT, TN, OK, MO, AR, IL, OH, WV, VA

When: Monday, January 30 - Wednesday, February 1


AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring a significant storm bringing extreme cold and the threat of several days of ice across the southern and central U.S. this week. Businesses in these areas should prepare for difficult, if not impossible, travel and prolonged power outages due to ice build-up on trees and powerlines. AccuWeather For Business clients can consult one-on-one with one of our expert meteorologists. Clients using our Snow Warning Service will receive constant alerts before, during, and after the storm. 

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Several waves of moisture will move across the southern Plains to the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio Valleys, along with portions of the mid-Atlantic. Temperatures will drop below normal temperatures and will continue to fall. The subfreezing temperatures will overlap with precipitation bringing several rounds of freezing rain. 

The first round of light to moderate freezing rain began in northern Texas and Oklahoma Monday night. Tuesday will bring more persistent freezing rain to central and northern Texas, Arkansas, western Tennessee, and Kentucky.  Ice could build up on trees, roads, and bridges. 

A third round of icing will also hit the same area of Texas Wednesday.

Freezing rain will linger into the day on Thursday across the mid-South but should end by Thursday afternoon when warmer, drier air moves in. 


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Businesses in the path of this storm should prepare for the following:

  • Business interruption due to extended power outages
  • Grid load could become extreme, and rolling brownouts are possible
  • Ground logistics disruption due to road closures, downed trees, and power outages 
  • Ice damming leading to roof leaks and at ground level, can force water into a facility, damaging equipment or inventory

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  • Post-storm weather conditions, including verified precipitation amounts. 

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