Storm that encased US, Canada in ice also set a new snowfall record in 1 state

Chaffin Mitchell

A dynamic storm spawned a significant ice storm across parts of the Upper Midwest and Canada this weekend.

Into Saturday afternoon, some cities in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa recorded a quarter-inch or more of freezing rain from the storm.

Ice continued to accumulate across much of Michigan throughout the day on Saturday.

Trenton, Missouri reported 0.33 of an inch of ice while McPherson, Kansas reported a quarter-inch of ice.

A look at some of the largest ice accumulations cross the Midwest through 4 p.m. Saturday.

As of Sunday morning, ice accretion upwards of 0.8 of an inch was reported in parts of Ontario, Canada. In the United States, 0.22 of an inch of freezing rain has been reported at the Plattsburgh International Airport in Upstate New York, while 0.15 of an inch was recorded in Burlington, Vermont.


On Sunday, New York had ice reports of up to a half-inch and the state experienced a major outage event. As of Sunday morning, the state had more than 50,000 customers without power. A majority of power had been restored by early Monday morning.

AccuWeather Reporter Blake Naftel reported several spinoffs and crashes along U.S. Highway 131 in Allegan County, Michigan, as freezing rain was reported in the area around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The accumulation of ice, in addition to wind in the area, helped to bring down trees and create widespread and lengthy power outages across parts of the Midwest.

WWJ News Radio in Detroit reported that DTE Energy had crews at the ready on Saturday, in anticipation that the ice storm would bring significant power outages, bringing down utility poles and power lines.

As much as 200 line workers were brought in from out of state to help with the storm.

A little over 13,000 customers were without power in Michigan as of early Sunday morning, according to By the late afternoon, the number of customers without power had gone down to a little over 3,000.

A daily record of snowfall blanketed Caribou, Maine, on Sunday. About 12 inches of snow fell after midnight and was still falling late Sunday afternoon, shattering the record of 7.6 inches set in 1995. So far, Jan. 12, 2020 ranks as the snowiest calendar day in January on record in Caribou, Maine, according to the NWS.

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