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Icy Rain to Clear, But Snow on the Way for Plains, Midwest

by Matthew Grimson /  / Updated 

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Freezing conditions in the Plains and Midwest were expected to clear Sunday, but the relief was not expected to last long, forecasters said.

At least fourteen deaths have been blamed on a series of storms moving through the nation's midsection since Thursday. Driving conditions were expected to remain dangerous throughout Sunday morning, but most of the icy rain was expected to clear by noon as temperatures lift above freezing and the system moves east.

However, the improved conditions in the Plains and Midwest were expected to be short-lived, forecasters said, as a storm coming out of the Rockies was predicted to bring accumulating snow through Monday and Tuesday. Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota could see solid swaths of snow, according to Michael Palmer, lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel. Some areas in southern Minnesota could see a foot of snow, Palmer said.

Meanwhile, up to four inches of rain was forecast for Northeastern Texas and central Arkansas Sunday, adding to the threat of flooding in those states.

In Oklahoma, authorities were working to restore power to more than 91,000 after broken, ice-covered tree limbs downed power lines.

Seven people were rescued from vehicles in floodwaters in separate incidents at the same intersection near Afton in northeastern Oklahoma Saturday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Afton firefighters said three small children and two women were rescued from their car after the car was swept into a creek at the intersection of two county roads.

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