Light Ice or Significant Ice Sunday Evening?January 26th, 2013 at 6:49 pm by Jonathan Conder under Weather
Get ready for an icing event Sunday evening, but will it be light ice, or significant ice? As of now, I expect at least .2″ to .3″ of ice Sunday evening, but more is possible. Since the exact amount of ice is still not locked in, the National Weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 3PM to Midnight Sunday for all the counties highlighted in tan in the map above.
The amount of ice is a function of how long temperatures stay at or below freezing. As of now, we will climb above freezing after 7PM Sunday.
Based off of that temperature forecast, look for sleet and freezing rain as early as the mid afternoon, but mainly into the early evening with the ice changing over to rain around 7PM.
This will set us up with about .2 to .3″ of total ice in Fort Wayne before the freezing rain changes over to rain late Sunday night.
The biggest impact to our area is going to be roads and sidewalks for a few hours before the rain melts the ice away. With only .2″ to .3″ of ice on the power lines and trees, power outages and down trees are not likely, but still possible.
If we are off by just a few degrees and a few hours, this forecast could quickly evolve from a light icing event to a significant icing event. Needless to say, be weather aware Sunday evening and stay tuned for more weather updates.