Ice Storms. What are ice storms?. Ice storms are a type of dangerous winter storm. The ice they leave can cover sidewalks and roads, even split trees from the weight of the ice. These dangerous storms are nicknamed “Dangerous beauties”. What causes ice storms?.
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2 hours- 1 day of freezing rain
The effects of ice storms can last for days, even weeks, until all of the ice unfreezes
Ice storms can make roads and sidewalks slippery with black ice, making it especially dangerous to drive, and even a simple walk outside can be a hazard.
Effects of Ice storms
The ice that piles up on power lines can snap the lines from the pressure. The loss of these power lines can leave people without electricity and a way to heat their homes for up to a month.
The weigh of ice storms can cause trees to bend and break
According to meteorologists, the weight of one square inch of ice on a power line can add over 500 pounds per line span, this makes it very likely that the power line will snap, causing loss of electricity and creating more dangers
One of the most recent sever ice storms in the united state occurred in January of 1998- 4 million were left without power and the cost of damage came to around $1,000,000. 25 people were killed in that storm.