Nightly News   |  December 05, 2013

Ice storm could be ‘catastrophic’

Some parts of the country will get sustained icing upwards of 12 to 18 hours in duration which could means several power outages. Weather Channel meteorologist Dylan Dreyer reports from Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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>>> again, full disclosure before the news broke from south africa we had a full broadcast tonight. there is no shortage of news. starting with what the national weather service fears could be a catastrophic weather event right on through the center of the country. some places could get sustained icing of upwards of 12 to 18 hours. that will mean power outages in the cold weather . nbc meteorologist dylan dryer is in fort smith , arkansas, between little rock and tulsa. what can you tell us from there?

>> reporter: good evening. we have had freezing rain here since 9:00 a.m . we still have several more hours to go. it's coming down very hard right now. we are expecting at least a of ha an inch of ice developing from texas to tennessee with possibly an inch of ice in oklahoma and here in arkansas. this is the type of ice that coats everything. the trees and the power lines . we could end up with tens of thousands without power. roads could become impassable as the ice glazes later tonight. unfortunately another storm system is coming on sunday. brian?

>> thank you very much for