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An ice storm cometh

February 5, 2019 GMT

It’s going to get slick.

An ice storm that is expected to coat surfaces with three- to four-tenths of an inch of ice before it’s done is expected to begin this afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

An ice storm warning will be in effect from 3 this afternoon until 6 Wednesday morning, and rain and ice will continue to dominate the weather for the next several days.

Today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of sleet early this afternoon, then sleet mixed with freezing rain and snow late in the afternoon, with an ice accumulation of less than a quarter of an inch and a high in the lower 30s.

Tonight, there’s a 100 percent chance of freezing rain and another quarter of an inch of ice, with a low in the upper 20s.

Wednesday will be cloudy, with a slight chance of freezing rain in the morning, then a chance of light rain in the afternoon. The high and low will be in the mid- to lower 30s, and the likelihood of precipitation drops to 40 percent during the day, but rises to 70 percent overnight.

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Thursday, expect more of the same: there’s a 90 percent chance of rain in the morning, then light rain possibly mixed with freezing rain and snow in the afternoon, and a high in the upper 30s.

Then comes another mini cold snap. Thursday’s low will dip to around 5, and Friday’s high will reach only about 14.

With the weight of accumulating ice comes the chance that power lines and tree branches will snap.

Never approach a downed power line; always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous. Call ComEd immediately at 800-334-7661.

If your power goes out, you can call ComEd or text OUT to 26633 to report an outage and receive restoration information. The company also has an interactive outage map at www.ComEd.com/map that provides information on the location and size of outages and estimated restoration time