FEMA warns: Ice storm could be worse than a blizzard

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Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are worried that drivers won’t take the Ice Storm Warning as seriously as they should. 

“The biggest risk right now is definitely going to be, if you’re on the road, untreated roadways, untreated sidewalks if you’re walking. They’re going to be the most dangerous,” FEMA Regional Administrator James Joseph told WMAQ. “A lot of people assume if they have all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, they will be fine. That may help them in the snow; it’s not going to help them start or stop on ice.”

Ice up to .4″ thick is forecast for some stateline areas. At that thickness, heavy ice can cause tree branches to break fall and knock down power lines.

“Stay inside and off the roads unless absolutely necessary,” Joseph said in a statement. “Monitor local weather alerts and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do now to stay safe in the event of an extended power outage.”

More freezing rain and a potentially hazardous wintery mix is possible through Thursday afternoon.

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