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A major ice storm will span 1,000 miles of the central U.S. this weekend

A major ice storm plus freezing rain will make for dangerous conditions across the Midwest this weekend, stretching as far as Texas and Washington, D.C., in a 1,000-mile span. One motorist has already been killed by the storm, which is expected to lay down a glaze of ice up to an inch thick that will make travel difficult and topple power lines.

Forecasters have warned the storm could be the worst in a decade, and Missouri and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency. The National Guard is preparing to offer emergency assistance in several states. Sunday's playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, which will be held in Kansas City, has been pushed back to 8:20 p.m. ET to avoid storm conditions during the match-up.