Region Escapes Ice Storm Relatively Unscathed
(Spirit Lake)-- Any affects from Monday's ice storm have been very minimal so far atleast, with the exception of some late starts for schools and some manufacturers in the area.
Area utilities reported no widespread power outages as a result of the ice. They attribute that largely to a lack of wind.
Secondary roads, city streets and any untreated surfaces remain treacherous this (Tues.) morning. Main highways still have some scattered slick spots, but many are just wet as crews are out applying sand and salt.
Officials say you still need to exercise extreme caution for awhile today (Tues.) as you head out and about, especially if you're going to be walking on untreated sidewalks, parking lots and so-on.
Conditions are expected to greatly improve as the morning progresses and crews continue to treat surfaces.
An extensive warm up is still in the forecast for the latter part of the week, with highs warming well into the 40's. The weather pattern will remain active, though, with almost daily chances for precipitation, some of which will likely be in a mixed form.