Ice Storm Kills 6 People in Central U.S., Severe Storms and Tornadoes Hit Texas

Feb 1, 2016; Springfield, MO, USA; Mike Stevens, of Springfield, Missouri, scrapes a thin layer of ice off of his windshield in the Rountree neighborhood. (Mandatory Credit: Andrew Jansen/Springfield News-Leader via USA TODAY NETWORK)
Feb 1, 2016; Springfield, MO, USA; Mike Stevens, of Springfield, Missouri, scrapes a thin layer of ice off of his windshield in the Rountree neighborhood. (Mandatory Credit: Andrew Jansen/Springfield News-Leader via USA TODAY NETWORK)

The slow-moving ice storm that killed at least six people across the central U.S. over the weekend, leaving tens of thousands powerless and causing scores of car accidents, continued across portions of the region on Monday. Meanwhile, severe storms and a few tornadoes pounded Texas late Sunday and early Monday.

“Widespread freezing rain persists for much of western Oklahoma, Kansas, northern Missouri and western Iowa” on Monday, the National Weather Service said. The heaviest snow will fall in Colorado and Nebraska, the weather service predicted.

Ice storm and winter storm warnings remained in effect Monday from New Mexico to Michigan.

At least 11,000 people were without power in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reported. The storm’s largest ice total was the 1 inch of ice that encased the tiny town of Beaver, Okla., the weather service said.

“This rates as just about the worst ice storm I’ve seen in the 47 years I’ve lived here,” Beaver Mayor Kirk Fisher told USA TODAY on Sunday. “Churches had to dismiss services. Power has been spotty on the east part of town. And tree damage is everywhere.”

Multiple car accidents were reported in several central states over the weekend, including deadly crashes in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The ice storm will slowly peter out by Tuesday, though some light icing and a few inches of snow should coat northern New York State and New England, AccuWeather said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice