A winter storm warning will be in effect from noon Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday. (Photo by rocketegg/Getty Images via Canva)

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for an area of the state that includes Philomath from noon Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday with significant ice.

Ice accumulations of around one-tenth to one-half of an inch could be possible with winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Power outages and tree damage “are likely due to the ice” and travel could be difficult, the NWS reported.

The forecast calls for temperatures to most likely warm to above freezing late Friday morning.

The Oregon Department of Transportation advises anyone planning holiday travels to get on and off the road before the ice storm hits.

“Ice is the most dangerous of all road conditions and we have few effective tools to deal with freezing rain or ice,” ODOT said in a news release. “Even fully chained-up trucks slide off icy roads. The safest step for dealing with an ice storm is to stay inside.”

ODOT recommends the following:

• Know before you go. The Tripcheck.com cameras often have helpful information aside from video images, including elevation and temperature to help motorists know more about conditions.

• Ice can bring down trees and power lines. When traffic signals go dark, treat intersections like a four-way stop.

• Deicer and salt lose effectiveness as temperatures drop. The deicer that ODOT uses – magnesium chloride with rust inhibitor — works slower in the upper teens. Below 18 degrees salt is less effective.

• Increase following distance to 5-6 seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed to stop.

• Know the vehicle’s brakes. Whether a motorist has antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of the foot on the floor and use the ball of the foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

• Don’t stop if it can be avoided. If it’s possible, slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes. Says ODOT, “There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling.”

• Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember that it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

• Make way for ODOT trucks. If a driver sees one of ODOT’s salt, deicer or sand trucks, give them plenty of room and don’t pass them on the right. “The quicker they can get to the job, the quicker we can get the roads clear and operating safely again,” ODOT says.

Pacific Power advises residents to prepare for possible electric service outages.

“Wintry blasts can be unpredictable and lead to power outages,” Allen Berreth, Pacific Power vice president of operations said in a news release. “We are always prepared to respond with crews at the ready to repair damage as fast as possible and reduce the amount of time any customer is without service. We are staging personnel and equipment to respond to outages as they occur.”

Pacific Power recommends having an “emergency outage kit” — flashlight, battery-operated radio and clock, extra batteries, nonperishable foods, manual can opener, bottled water and blankets.