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Snow, ice to create travel hazards in central U.S.

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Staff Writer | January 5, 2018
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Weather   A mixture of snow and ice

A swath of snow, ice and rain is forecast to develop and spread over a large portion of the central United States as arctic air retreats this weekend.

A weak storm will move out of the Rockies and grab moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, while a weak storm drops southeastward from the Canada Prairies on Sunday.

Even though the air temperature is forecast to climb to or above the 32-degree Fahrenheit mark from the central Plains to the Ohio Valley, the ground will remain below freezing in many areas during the first part of next week.

A wintry mix or a period of freezing rain is most likely to develop over southeastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas and spread eastward across Iowa, northern and eastern Missouri, Illinois and southern Indiana on Sunday.

Untreated roads, sidewalks and other cold surfaces will likely become icy in St. Louis, Des Moines, Iowa, Indianapolis and Cincinnati on Sunday.

Motorists and pedestrians should also be on the lookout out for patches of ice around Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri, as early as Saturday night.

An area of snow or a mixture of snow and ice is forecast farther north around the Great Lakes. Snowfall will tend to be light and on the order of a coating to an inch or two in most cases.

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