Looking back at the January 12th-14th, 2007 Ice Storm
On this day in weather history
We certainly enjoyed a quiet and chilly day with highs back in the middle 50s. That’s much better compared to what we were dealing with on this day back in 2007. Much of the Four-State area was dealing with a major ice storm that moved in on January 12th and finally moved out on January 14th. In its wake, we saw quite a variety of weather and some accumulations that led to quite a mess to deal with. For southeast Kansas, the National Weather Service office in Wichita showed our corner of the Sunflower State picked up a trace to an inch of sleet and snow. With warm air aloft and a sharp drop in temperatures just above the surface, we saw the sleet amounts range between 1 and 3 inches from the Wichita area and to the northwest.
Over in southwestern Missouri, things got really messy. From the map made by the National Weather Service in Springfield, we saw Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee Barton, Vernon, and St. Clair counties picked up 1 to 2 inches of sleet. Once you got closer to the I-44 corridor, that’s where our part of southwest Missouri picked up between 3/4 of a inch to about 1.25″ of ice. It was even worse with an area of 1 to 2 inches of ice around the Springfield area. It was pretty bad in Newton County that residents had to deal with no power for a week.
For our corner of northeast Oklahoma, the maps from the National Weather Service office in Tulsa shows this part of the area didn’t get spared from this winter storm. The estimated glaze of ice on the trees showed an impressive corridor of 1 to 3 inches from Grand Lake and working down south to the Canadian River to the east of US 69 in eastern Oklahoma. On top of that, we saw an area of 1 to 3 inches of sleet in our corner of northeastern Oklahoma. The big bullseye with the sleet totals zeroed in on the southeast sides of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area where amounts between 2 and 4 inches were more common.
At the end of this event, areas covered by the Tulsa and Springfield National Weather Service offices had power outages affecting over 170,000 customers. After a storm of this magnitude, it took electric crews and technicians days (if not weeks) to bring power back online across much of the region.