Ice Storms Knocks Out Power, Disrupts Travel for Millions

A massive winter storm on Tuesday night into Wednesday delivered significant icing in areas stretching from the Mid-South and Tennessee Valley — delivering dangerous ice to major cities in the Mid-Atlantic, including the nation’s capital, Philadelphia and New York City.

Pennsylvania was the hardest hit. Heavy ice snapped tree limbs and weighed down power lines – causing record-setting, widespread outages in and around Philadelphia. Nearly 850,000 homes – and far more people – lost power in southeast Pennsylvania. In some areas, power was knocked out to more than 90% of homes.

Credit: K. Schulze

Credit: K. Schulze

 

Nearly half a million remain without power as crews – bolstered by additional workers brought in to help with repair efforts — continue to restore power.

The storm continued its rampage across the eastern U.S. throughout the day on Tuesday, bringing heavy snow to from Buffalo, to Providence, R.I., Boston, and Portland, Maine. Thousands of flights were cancelled in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Icicles - Credit: Hortensia Massisou via WeatherBug Photos

Icicles – Credit: Hortensia Massisou via WeatherBug Photos

 Snow lovers can rejoice: This latest winter blitz added to the snow surplus in the Midwest and Northeast:

  • Chicago has seen its fourth snowiest winter season so far with 47.9 inches from December 1 to January 31.
  • January was Indianapolis’s fourth snowiest on record, with 26.9 inches. This amount also exceeds the yearly average of 25.9 inches.
  • Boston, which saw about 10 inches of snow during this latest blast, is already above average for the winter. Since December 1, 35.1 inches have accumulated compared to an average of 23.1 inches.
Boston Snowstorm - Credit: I. Ali

Boston Snowstorm – Credit: I. Ali

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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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