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Freezing Rain, Wind
Started: December 24, 2009 at 11 pm EST
Ended: December 25, 2009 at 1 pm EST
Light freezing rain developed late on Christmas Eve and continued throughout the overnight before becoming heavier shortly before sunrise. Light ice accretion occurred, mainly on elevated surfaces during this time. Quite a few slick spots also developed, mainly on bridges and overpasses. Freezing rain continued through the morning hours along the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge, and became heavy at times by mid-morning. By the time the precipitation tapered off, ice accretion ranged from .25 to .5 inch across much of the area. The combination of ice and wind gusts up to 60 mph (with gusts up to 80 mph in the higher elevations) caused numerous trees and power lines to fall. The resultant widespread power outages exacerbated the problems for areas that had yet to recover from the December 18th snowstorm.


Strong low pressure tracked from Texas through Iowa from December 24-25 bringing precipitation which began as freezing rain in many areas due to trapped cold air at the surface. The cold air persisted long enough to allow significant icing of 1/4 up to 1 inch in some locations, despite very strong east to southeasterly flow of milder air just off the surface.
Injuries not available Deaths not available
Property Damage up to $2,000 Crop Damage not available
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Freezing Rain