6 Die in Heartland Ice Storm

Missouri declares state of emergency
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2007 4:12 AM CST
Icicles hang from a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Ill.(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Six people died on slick roadways yesterday as a killer ice storm gripped heartland America, turning sidewalks and highways into ice rinks, grounding flights and downing power lines. The storm turned a swath of the nation frigid from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes, and even colder weather threatened today.

Some communities reported ice as thick as three-quarters of an inch in Missouri, where the governor declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport canceled more than 400 flights. The  frigid weather was expected to continue until mid-week with ice storm warnings reaching from Pennsylvania to Texas.