Freezing rain may hit Toronto, southern Ontario on New Year's Day


The National Weather Service issued winter storm advisories for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and IL. A Winter Weather Advisory pinpoints Sussex and western Passaic counties as the most likely location for icing.

The National Weather Service said the "potent winter storm" will come up from the Southern Plains and hit parts of the Mississippi Valley, Midwest and Northeast throughout the day.

Andrew, Buchanan, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, and Sullivan counties.

There will be lots of sunshine today, with highs in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. East wind 5 to 9 miles per hour. The chance of precipitation is 90%. Breezy southerly winds will occasionally gust up to 20 miles per hour through the day. The chance of precipitation is 100%. It'll bring snow, ice, and rain to the Pine Tree State. It will be cold with highs in the mid/upper 30s northwest and the lower 40s in the metro.

Adair, Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Linn, Livingston, Platte, Macon, and Ray counties.

Some ice accretion is possible, according to the agency, and precipitation is expected to transition into snow by early Saturday morning.

Ice and Snow Accumulations Likely Late Tonight and Friday.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. East wind 5 to 8 miles per hour. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

25 new cases and one death reported Monday
The week before, November 29 through December 5, the county had 12.27 percent positive tests out of 8.957 total tests. Hospitals in the region reported ICU bed occupancy between 81 percent and 88 percent for the week ending December 22.

The City of Independence said it had cleared lanes in numerous biggest arteries by 10 a.m., but said crews wouldn't start focusing on residential streets until the snow stopped falling.

Friday Night: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 36; Low: 14.

Another winter storm is possible midweek which could also impact mountain travel.

If you find yourself this New Year's Eve cozy on the couch in your pajamas, like so many Americans during this pandemic, it might be the best place to be.

The department is still responding to crashes involving injuries or when drivers are suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As it is still a few days out, we'll keep an eye on this because it could change.