Major ice storm conditions continue today to our south.
Ice storm warnings are out for parts of 8 states from Oklahoma all the way to Michigan.
As many as 18 are dead, 15 of those in car accidents. More than 600,000 are without power now, and that number may climb to more than a million today as the weight of ice snaps trees and power lines.
Ice storms are more common to our south in the central Midwest, where the cold air near the surface is shallower than here in Minnesota. Warmer air aloft produces rain that freezes on contact in the cold air at the surface.