Ice, freeze rain
and winter storm warnings were in effect for a large swathe of
the Plains, from the Texas panhandle north into Iowa and east
through central Indiana, the Weather Service said in an
"Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel
dangerous or impossible," the weather service said. "Travel is
strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely
Depending on local temperatures, ice accumulation could be more
than half an inch (1 cm), creating slick roadways especially on
bridges and overpasses and possibly scattered power outages
across the region, the service said.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for
the entire state ahead of the storm.
"Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local
officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes
our way," said Fallin.
Parts of the region could also see as much as 3 inches (8 cm) of
snow later in the weekend, according to the forecast.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Janet
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