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Authorities advise avoiding travel due to icy conditions

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Taken on the east side of Evansville around 9 a.m. Sunday. Photo Courtesy: Kelly Dardeen Taken on the east side of Evansville around 9 a.m. Sunday. Photo Courtesy: Kelly Dardeen

Thunder kicked off the freezing rain Sunday morning.  

Jeff Lyons says a rare combination of lift in the atmosphere and sub-freezing temps at the surface caused thunder and lightning overhead and sleet/freezing rain at the surface. 

Sunday's winter storm will start off with sleet and freezing rain and then change over to snow in the afternoon and evening. 

Of the two, sleet is the less-destructive precip, while freezing rain can quickly pile up in a situation like we will see Sunday. 

Jeff says he's still concerned about the potential for heavy snow Sunday afternoon and night. 3-5" may blanket the area with locally higher amounts. 

The winter storm should taper off on Monday morning, but we will likely see hazardous travel for some time after that, as daytime highs will not climb above freezing until later in the week.

Several area road crews are working to clear roads and keep them as safe as possible. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews in Union County are out treating roads that are covered in sleet.

Indiana Department of Transportation also has trucks out treating roads. Those crews are seeing a lot of slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses.

We're also told by Evansville-Vanderburgh Central Dispatch that they are experiencing phone problems.

To their knowledge, only cell phone calls are impacted at this time.

They say they have contacted their telephone provider and are troubleshooting the issue.

Anyone who calls 911 is asked to stay on the line as your connection may be delayed.

Dispatch also asks that all non-emergency calls be directed to 812-426-7331 until the problem has been resolved.

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