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FORECAST: Drier for New Year’s Eve celebrations; heavy rain returns Friday morning

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FORECAST: Drier for New Year’s Eve celebrations; heavy rain returns Friday morning

The National Weather Service issued winter-storm warnings for parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and IL. The advisory include portions of central, south-central and southeast Kansas in the NWS Wichita service area.

The weather service said heavy mixed precipitation is expected in these areas, with snow and ice accumulating.

The weather agency said Waterloo Region and southern Wellington County can expect freezing rain to start late Friday afternoon or into the evening hours, and will likely start as rain or snow.

The Winter Storm Warning for Adams and Brown counties in IL and Knox, Lewis, Marion and Shelby counties in Missouri runs from 3 a.m.to 9 p.m. Friday. Power outages and tree damage will be likely due to ice accumulations up to three-tenths of an inch.

A quarter-inch of ice can be a nuisance that makes travel more unsafe, or it can be disruptive with damage to trees and power lines, causing power outages, The Weather Channel reports.

Today's Forecast: Today will be mostly sunny and dry allowing for a large range in temperatures from the AM to PM. Some parts of Nebraska already had 3 inches of snow by midmorning, and the area near Creston, Iowa, already had 5 inches of snow. Temperatures will be slightly above average and that's important as we have our next weather system arriving Sunday night into Monday.

FRIDAY (NEW YEAR'S DAY): Wintry mix of afternoon freezing rain/sleet transitioning to snow. Temperatures will be mild with highs near 50 degrees.

The timing of the system looks to affect southern New England through mid-morning on Saturday but will linger longer in northern New England, especially ME, throughout the afternoon.

Chicago: Morning commuters in Chicago experienced icy roads and slow traffic as the first major winter storm hit the third largest USA city.

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