December 21-22 Ice Storm Summary - Updated 12/24 With Photos

 

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A winter storm impacted a large swath of the country from the southern Plains through the Midwest and into the Northeast on the last weekend before Christmas.  This storm occurred as a deep upper-level trough over the Desert Southwest lifted northeastward, while a surface low pressure system moved from Texas into the Ohio Valley.  This low moved along a very sharp frontal boundary.  This front at the surface actually briefly penetrated far southeastern Michigan Friday night.  The temperature at Lambertville, on the Ohio border, rose into the mid-50s, while Monroe, just 15 miles away, stayed in the mid-30s.  On Saturday, copious Gulf moisture was brought northward ahead of the approaching surface low.  This warm, moist air was forced to ascend at the front over Ohio, spreading precipitation from south to north over the DTX CWA from the late morning into the afternoon.  An anticyclone over Ontario provided a supply of low-level cold air, causing the surface temperature to be near or below freezing for much of southeast Michigan.  The result was a swath of freezing rain roughly between M-59 to M-46 which continued into Saturday night and early Sunday.  The I-69 corridor was especially hard-hit, with ice accumulations of over 0.50" causing tens of thousands of people to lose power.  Numerous trees and wires were downed, and a state of emergency was declared in Shiawassee County due to unsafe traveling conditions.  South of M-59, much of the precipitation occurred as rain, with some locations receiving over 1.50" rain.  North of M-46, much of the precipitation occurred as snow, with up to 4 inches reported.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...STORM TOTALS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
1051 AM EST SUN DEC 22 2013


STORM TOTAL FREEZING RAIN REPORTS

LOCATION                   PRECIP      DURATION
                          (INCHES)      (HOURS)        LAT       LON

...GENESEE COUNTY...
   4 SSE BIRCH RUN         E  0.20            M     43.20N    83.77W
   LINDEN                  M  0.25            M     42.82N    83.78W
   FLINT                   E  0.50            M     43.02N    83.69W
   FLINT                   E  0.50            M     43.02N    83.69W

...LAPEER COUNTY...
   METAMORA                E  0.25            M     42.94N    83.29W
   2 W LAPEER              E  0.50            M     43.05N    83.36W
   LAPEER                  E  0.50            M     43.05N    83.32W
   LAPEER                  M  0.50            M     43.05N    83.32W

...LIVINGSTON COUNTY...
   3 ESE HOWELL            E  0.20            M     42.59N    83.88W
   4 S FENTON              M  0.40            M     42.75N    83.72W

...MACOMB COUNTY...
   ROMEO                   E  0.25            M     42.80N    83.01W

...OAKLAND COUNTY...
   4 E WHITE LAKE          M  0.25            M     42.65N    83.43W
   4 SW LAKE ORION         E  0.25            M     42.74N    83.29W
   CLARKSTON               E  0.25            M     42.74N    83.42W
   HOLLY                   M  0.25            M     42.80N    83.62W
   NOVI                    E  0.25            M     42.48N    83.49W
   ORTONVILLE              E  0.25            M     42.85N    83.44W
   WATERFORD               E  0.25            M     42.66N    83.39W
   WATERFORD               E  0.25            M     42.66N    83.39W

...SAGINAW COUNTY...
   SAGINAW                 E  0.25            M     43.42N    83.95W
   ST. CHARLES             E  0.25            M     43.30N    84.15W

...SANILAC COUNTY...
   SANDUSKY                E  0.25            M     43.42N    82.83W
   BROWN CITY              E  0.50            M     43.21N    82.99W

...SHIAWASSEE COUNTY...
   PERRY                   M  0.40            M     42.82N    84.23W
   OWOSSO                  E  0.50            M     43.00N    84.18W

...ST. CLAIR COUNTY...
   PORT HURON              E  0.10            M     42.99N    82.43W
   YALE                    M  0.25            M     43.13N    82.80W
   3 N CAPAC               E  0.30            M     43.06N    82.93W

...TUSCOLA COUNTY...
   3 E DEFORD              M  0.40            M     43.51N    83.13W

STORM TOTAL HEAVY RAIN REPORTS

LOCATION                   PRECIP      DURATION
                          (INCHES)      (HOURS)        LAT       LON

...LENAWEE COUNTY...
   ADRIAN                  M  1.10           24     41.90N    84.04W
   TECUMSEH                M  1.23           24     42.01N    83.94W
   1 SW BLISSFIELD         M  1.60           24     41.82N    83.88W

...MACOMB COUNTY...
   NEW BALTIMORE           M  1.07           24     42.68N    82.74W

...MONROE COUNTY...
   DUNDEE                  M  1.55           24     41.96N    83.66W

...OAKLAND COUNTY...
   FERNDALE                M  1.10           24     42.46N    83.13W

...ST. CLAIR COUNTY...
   ALGONAC                 M  1.08           24     42.62N    82.53W

...WASHTENAW COUNTY...
   YPSILANTI               M  1.03           24     42.24N    83.62W
   ANN ARBOR               M  1.08           24     42.28N    83.73W
   MANCHESTER              M  1.15           24     42.15N    84.04W

...WAYNE COUNTY...
   ROMULUS                 M  1.10           24     42.22N    83.37W

STORM TOTAL SNOW REPORTS

LOCATION                  SNOWFALL     DURATION
                          (INCHES)      (HOURS)        LAT       LON

...BAY COUNTY...
   BAY CITY                M   2.3            M     43.59N    83.89W
   PINCONNING              M   3.0           14     43.86N    83.96W
   AUBURN                  M   4.2           12     43.60N    84.08W

...HURON COUNTY...
   BAD AXE                 M   3.0           12     43.80N    83.00W
   PORT AUSTIN             M   3.5           12     44.04N    83.00W
   6 E PORT AUSTIN         M   3.9           12     44.04N    82.87W
   5 NNW FILION            M   4.1           12     43.96N    83.04W

...MIDLAND COUNTY...
   MIDLAND                 M   1.0            M     43.62N    84.23W
   OIL CITY                M   2.0           12     43.61N    84.59W

...SAGINAW COUNTY...
   3 N SAGINAW             M   1.8            M     43.46N    83.95W
   3 NW SAGINAW            M   2.5           14     43.45N    83.99W


M = MEASURED
E = ESTIMATED

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