Historic Ice Storm of January 12-14, 2007



The Historic January 12-14 Ice Storm left over 200,000 southwest Missourians  without power and a landscape resembling a war zone.   While the region was still coping with the damage from the November 30-December 1, 2006 ice storm, the January 12-14 Ice Storm have not been experienced since the December 1987 Ice Storm, in terms of power outages.

Officially at the National Weather Service office in Springfield,  one and a half inches of ice accumulation was received.  Fourteen other counties along the I-44 corridor also reported at least an inch of ice.   Communities across southeast Kansas into western Missouri also received 1 to 5 inches of a snow and sleet mixture.

The ice accumulations resulted in widepread downed trees and powerlines. Approximately 200,000 residences were without power and power will not be restored for days if not weeks for many. In addition, several structres collapsed due to the weight of ice and snow across southeast Kansas.

Much colder temperatures followed the ice storm with lows falling into the single digits Monday and Tuesday nights.  





 


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County Summary

County Accumulations Remarks
Bourbon 1/4 to 1/2" Ice Several trees down and scattered power outages
Crawford 1/4 to 1/2" Ice Scattered trees down and power outages
Cherokee

1/4 to 1/2" Ice

1 to 3" Snow

Numerous downed trees and power outages
Vernon

1/4 to 1/2" Ice

~ 1" of Sleet & Snow

Several trees down and scattered power outages
Barton

1/2 to 1/2" Ice

3 to 5" Sleet & Snow

Numerous downed trees and scattered power outages
Jasper

1/4 to 1/2" Ice

3 to 5" Sleet & Snow

Numerous downed trees and power outages
Newton

1" Ice

1 to 3" Sleet & Snow

Numerous downed trees and power outages
McDonald 1/4 to 1/2" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
St. Clair

1/4" Ice

2 to 5" Sleet & Snow

Scattered downed trees and power outages
Cedar

1/4 to 1/2" Ice

2 to 5" Sleet & Snow

Numerous trees down and power outages
Dade

1 to 1.5" Ice

1 to 4" Sleet & Snow

Numerous downed trees and power outages
Lawrence

1 to 1.5" Ice

1 to 2" Sleet & Snow

Widespread downed trees and power outages
Barry 1/2 to 1" Ice Widespread downed trees and power outages
Benton 1/2 to 1" Ice Scattered downed trees and power outages
Hickory 1/2 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Polk 1 to 1.5" Ice Widespread downed trees and power outages
Greene 1 to 1.5 Ice Widespread downed trees and power outages
Christian 1/2 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Taney 1/4" Ice  
Morgan

1/4 to 1/2" Ice

 

Scattered trees down and power outages

Camden

1/2 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Dallas 1 to 2" Ice Widespead downed trees and power outages
Laclede 1/2 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Webster 1/2 to 1.5" Ice Widespread downed trees and power outages
Wright 1/4 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Douglas 1/8 to 1/2" Ice  
Ozark   Minor Flooding
Miller 1/2 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Maries 1/4 to 1" Ice Numerous downed trees and power outages
Pulaski 1/2 to 1.5" Ice Widespread downed trees and power lines
Phelps 1/4 to 1" Ice  
Dent 1/4" Ice  
Texas 1/4 to 3/4" Ice  
Shannon Up to 1/4" Ice Flooding
Howell   Flooding
Oregon   Flooding

What makes freezing rain

Freezing rain occurs when rain falls into a layer of cold sub-freezing air near the earth's surface. Since this sub-freezing layer is shallow, the rain falling into it has no time to refreeze into sleet or snow. However, the rain droplets freeze on contact with surfaces that are at freezing or below.

 

 

 

 


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