Widespread Travel Impacts from Ice Storm

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
January 30, 2013; 10:50 PM ET
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A storm that pushed out of the southern Plains on Jan. 27, started to make trouble early.

In the early part of the morning, a wintry mix started to fall in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Roadways were quickly covered with a thin layer of ice, causing many traveling issues for those traveling on Sunday morning.

Ice built up on untreated roadways, sidewalks, trees and even some power lines from Iowa to the Great Lakes. Reports of up to at least 1/4 of an inch of ice were being reported by the afternoon.

As reported earlier by meteorologist Meghan Evans, Flightstats.com indicated that "700 flights were delayed and more than 430 flights were canceled at Chicago O'Hare on Sunday."

For Sunday evening, the area of snow northward of the icy mix expanded, stretching from Minnesota to northern Ohio.

Meanwhile, areas that started as snow in Ohio, were changing over to freezing rain, adding a glaze overtop of the already fallen snow.

The same was true for parts of Wisconsin.

In Jackson, Wis., about 2 inches of snow fell before turning over to freezing rain on Sunday night. Up to 2/10 of an inch of ice followed on top of the snow.

Snow and freezing rain made their way into western and central Pennsylvania early on Monday morning.

Again, untreated surfaces were covered with a small snow accumulation, followed by a layer of ice.

In some places, like Rainelle, W.Va., freezing rain accumulated to 1/4 of an inch thick.

Ice then spread southward into Virginia and North Carolina.

Towards the morning rush on Monday, the cities of Philadelphia, Rochester, Baltimore, and New York were already receiving snow and freezing rain.

Airports in these cities accounted for over 550 flight cancellations on Monday, according to Flightstats.com.

Snow moved into New England around this time, letting at least 2 inches accumulate in Connecticut.

The evening rush on Monday also had some travel problems. Roads covered in a thin layer of ice caused slick spots across the area, especially in eastern New York.

On Monday night, the stubborn storms started to dissipate.

Just as it turned to Tuesday in the east, the last flakes were falling in New England. Spotty freezing drizzle stuck around for another hour or so before the storm came to an end.

For more detailed reports and exact timing of this storm, from Iowa to Maine, click here.


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