Ice storm expected to bring freezing rain, hazardous travel conditions, downed power lines, falling trees, power outages through Sunday
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 10:19 am

An ice storm warning remains in effect for St. Lawrence County through Sunday at 7 p.m., with freezing rain and sleet expected to drop a half inch to an inch of ice over the North Country.

Occasional light freezing rain, mixed with sleet and rain, is expected to continue Saturday morning, becoming "all freezing rain and sleet" by this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Icefall is likely to be "heavy at times overnight...before tapering off" Sunday afternoon, the service says.

The service is warning of hazardous travel conditions due to ice covered roads and low visibility. Visibility is expected to dip below two miles. "Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged," the service says. "Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger."

Scattered power outages are also "likely" tonight and Sunday, the service says.

For up to date weather information visit our weather page at northcountrynow.com/weather.

The full forecast follows:

• Today: Freezing rain. High near 24. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

• Tonight: Freezing rain before 11pm, then freezing rain and sleet. The freezing rain could be heavy at times. Low around 21. Northeast wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.3 to 0.5 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

• Sunday: Freezing rain, mainly before 5pm. The freezing rain could be heavy at times. High near 25. Northeast wind 7 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible.

• Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 7pm, then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 25. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

• Monday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. West wind around 8 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

• Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

• Tuesday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 7. West wind around 8 mph.

• Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -10. West wind 3 to 8 mph.

• Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 14. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

• Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

• Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

• Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

• Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. West wind around 9 mph.