Alert: Weather Service Says Sunday Ice Storm Could Be Dangerous

Sleet hitting the frozen ground could create iced-over roads and walks, and ice accumulation could break tree limbs and down power lines, the forecast says.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm alert for sleet and ice that will begin falling Sunday morning and not let up till late Sunday night.

The good news is that warming temperatures will convert the freezing condensation to rain overnight, and thus shouldn't endanger people driving to work Monday, according to the forecast issued at 3:15 p.m. today from the Romeoville-based weather service.

However, before that happens, the potential for "significant" ice accumulations will make driving conditions difficult and present the potential for breaking tree limbs and downed power lines, the forecast said.

"Pavement and soil temperatures are below freezing so any liquid precipitation will likely freeze on contace and result in very icy and dangerous travel conditions on untreated roadways," the alert said. "Sideways and walkways could also turn into sheets of ice, making even walking difficult and potentially dangerous."

Interestingly, temperatures after the storm will continue to rise and the high Tuesday is expected to be 57.

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