(WMC) - The threat for freezing rain and sleet continues and new data now shows the potential for ice shifting farther south into Memphis and parts of north Mississippi.
The National Weather Service has expanded an ICE STORM WARNING to now include Memphis and Shelby County as well as much of the Mid-South.
The latest forecast data continues to show the majority of precipitation moving through the area overnight and through the early morning hours Thursday. However, the new data now shows the focus for freezing rain and sleets shifting slightly farther south and east which puts the Memphis metro in jeopardy of icing. Ice accumulations of a tenth to a third of an inch will be possible in many areas with the heaviest precipitation now expected to be along and south of the I-40 corridor.
This amount of ice has the potential to create significant issues with travel especially on bridges and overpasses late tonight and early tomorrow morning. On a positive note, ice accumulation less than half an inch do not typically create significant power outages, but the potential cannot be completely ruled out. Before bed tonight make sure all electronic devices including phones and tablets are fully charged. Have batteries and flashlights on hand as well. Make sure outdoor pets have a warm dry shelter.
Please stay weather aware as we continue to monitor this situation and alert you to any changes. The First Alert Weather Team will continue to update you on the First Alert Weather App. Find it and the WMC Action News 5 news app -- both free -- in your app store.