SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Although no power outages were reported in a large chunk of northwestern Iowa as of 1 p.m. today (Jan. 3), weather conditions could still cause possible power outages.

“Our line crews have seen some light icing in our system. Of course, as I stated yesterday, if winds increase, there exists a potential for galloping lines,” Angela Catton, a spokeswoman for Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative. “We continue to patrol the system and keep our eyes to the horizon.”

One quarter to a half inch of ice is forecast for sections of northwestern Iowa from Jan. 2 through Jan. 3.

Winds could also pick to gusts of more than 20 mph along with several inches of snow. The combination of conditions could cause power outages in the area.

The Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) is a generation and transmission electric cooperative supplying wholesale electric power to seven distribution cooperatives covering 6,500 square miles in western Iowa, according to its website.

As of 1 p.m. today, Catton said the weather has been more forgiving than expected.

“NIPCO continues to monitor the evolving weather conditions and stands ready to deal with any outages that may arise with this storm,” Catton said in the email. “We also stand ready to assist fellow cooperatives with restoration efforts, should they request it.”

“…our crews are ready. If the winds come up, this may present a problem with galloping lines,” Catton said in a Jan. 2 email to KELOLAND News.

“At this point, our real message would be about safety and preparedness… and patience,” Catton said at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.

Catton said on Jan. 3 part of preparation includes making sure cell phones are fully charged since those are the main communication tools for many customers.

“We would also encourage member-consumers to ensure they are connected with their utilities on social platforms and know how to notify their utilities of outages and to be aware of any that impact them, personally,” she said.