Lansing Area Could Be in For Another Ice Storm
Meteorologists say that a strong low pressure system is currently moving across the United States and it could bring icy roads and strong winds Monday to the Lansing area.
The National Weather Service has placed the region under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Estimates are indicating around a quarter inch of ice accumulation is possible starting late Monday morning, which could lead to power outages and hazardous travel conditions.
We’ll likely see the most issues stemming from this storm Monday evening during our commute. Temperatures will hang out right around freezing Monday afternoon and evening but increase to above freezing overnight — driving could become quite hazardous at times.
Any ice accumulated is expected to be gone by Tuesday morning as temperatures rise, so hopefully they won’t affect the Tuesday morning commute.
We could see some strong winds with this storm, as well. Sustained winds will be easterly between 20-30 mph while gusts reach 40 mph. The winds, as well as the ice build-up, could cause scattered power outages throughout the area.
Here's the full warning from the National Weather Service:
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING
TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY...
* SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ARE EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT.
* SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL BEGIN AROUND 10 AM AND BECOME
MOSTLY FREEZING RAIN BY NOON.
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF OF AN INCH ARE
POSSIBLE BETWEEN 10 AM MONDAY MORNING AND 5 AM EARLY TUESDAY
* STRONG EAST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 TO 50 MPH
ARE EXPECTED MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* SIGNIFICANT ICING ON TREES AND POWER LINES.
* STRONG WINDS AND ICING MAY LEAD TO WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.
* TRAVEL COULD BE DANGEROUS TO NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE.
* THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING COMMUTE WILL BE IMPACTED... AS THE
PRECIPITATION WILL SPREAD IN DURING THE DAY
* NOW IS THE TIME TO ENSURE YOU HAVE GAS FOR BACKUP GENERATORS
AND DEICING MATERIAL FOR YOU SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAY.