TODAY   |  January 26, 2013

Ice storm, bitter cold to hit Midwest

As the East Coast recovers from a cold snap, an ice storm is forecast to hit the Midwest this weekend, making driving potentially treacherous for some residents. The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reports.

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>>> begin this morning with the icy weather blanketing a big section of the country. the weather channel 's mike seidel is in knoxville , tennessee, where they're cleaning up today now that the worst appears to be over. mike, good morning.

>> reporter: and good morning, lester. here in knoxville , temperatures stayed above freezing all night. so the ice from yesterday has melted. take a look at the streets yesterday. we had freezing rain for nine hours. about .4 inch of ice. this shut down a lot of roadways, hundred of accidents here up through kentucky, the carolinas. one fatality in the upstate of south carolina due to icy roads. power was not a big issue. only 4,000 customers, about 2% of the power base lost power here in knoxville . to the north, it was snowfall. let's head up to the buckeye state . in columbus, several inches of snow. this did not drop a lot of snow. amounts generally one to two inches. a swath from columbus into allegheny county near pittsburgh. cars were slipping and sliding on the roadways there. and in chicagoland, they finally got their first inch of snow after 335 days. the record streak ends. lester, you being from chicago can appreciate this -- now the seasonal snowfall total stands at 2.8 inches. back here, by the way, temperatures today and across everywhere where they had the ice will hit above 40. back to you.