- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Weather officials who are monitoring freezing rain in parts of Nebraska and Iowa on Thanksgiving Day are warning drivers to be extra careful.

The National Weather Service said a winter storm warning will be in effect at different times Thursday for portions of east central Nebraska, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Meteorologist Aubry Wilkins said freezing rain could produce ice accumulations and snow, and “conditions could deteriorate pretty quickly.”

“This whole system is going to be pushing to the south,” she said. “You’ll see that transition zone of freezing rain, maybe some sleet … before switching over to snow.”

Wilkins said people driving Thursday should avoid slick roads or plan travel around when conditions are more favorable. She said her office in Iowa had not received any reports of injuries, but she and others are already monitoring some ice-covered roads.

“If you have to go out, then absolutely be extremely careful, especially driving elevated surfaces and untreated surfaces,” she said. “So bridges, overpasses and potentially parking lots as well, if they’re not treated. The ice is slick.”

Officials said they expect significant icing and wind to also result in power outages. The freezing rain may lead to ice accumulations of up to a quarter-inch by Thursday evening. The snow is expected to end by early Friday.

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