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On February 23 and 24, 2022, waves of sleet and freezing rain moved through the region. The wintry precipitation produced hazardous driving conditions across much of the area. Isolated power outages occurred due to tree damage from freezing rain accretion. The greatest accretions of freezing rain occurred across southeast Missouri into southwest Illinois, where 0.1 to 0.4 inches of icing was reported. Sleet accumulations of 0.1 to 0.75 inches were observed across much of the region, though an isolated higher amount up to 1.25 inches was was reported in Carter County, Missouri. On February 24, many of the freezing rain and sleet showers across southeast Missouri into southern Illinois were accompanied by numerous lightning strikes and rolls of thunder. A thunderstorm in Hopkins County, KY, produced pea sized hail as well. 

Two pileups occurred on major highways in western Kentucky. Both occurred on bridges. One of the pileups was on Interstate 24 over the Tennessee River bridge, where one fatality was reported. The other pileup was on the Western Kentucky Parkway over the Green River bridge. Both involved multiple semis. 

Estimated Sleet and Freezing Rain Accumulation Map (click to enlarge)
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