February 2019 North American winter storm

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February 2019 North American winter storm
TypeExtratropical storm
Winter storm
Ice storm
FormedFebruary 11, 2019
DissipatedFebruary 13, 2019
Maximum snowfall or ice accretion26.5 inches (67 centimeters) of snow in Negaunee, Michigan, 1/2 an inch of ice accretion in North Toledo, Ohio
Power outages70,000+
Areas affectedMidwest, Northeastern United States, Eastern Canada

The "February 2019 North American winter storm" was one of three powerful winter storms that affected the continent in early February. This storm, in particular, paralyzed travel in parts of the Midwest, Northeast as well as Eastern Canada.[1]

Meteorological history[edit]

An area of low pressure from the Pacific made landfall and tracked towards the Northern Plains by February 11, 2019. Afterward, the storm affected the Great Lakes region and the Northeast before heading north into Atlantic Canada and eventually, moving out to sea.


Northern Plains[edit]

Roads and windshields were coated with ice as a result of a period of freezing drizzle in the Kearney, Nebraska area.


Several accidents were reported on the I-94 in Wisconsin. Certain highways in Eastern Iowa were left impassible February 12 (the day after the storm) due to a combination of fresh snowfall and strong winds, which resulted in blowing and drifting snow. Negaunee, Michigan received 26.5 inches (67 centimetres) of snowfall. Ice accretion in Northern Illinois and Northern Ohio downed power lines, leaving over 70,000 ComEd customers and some in Henry and Williams counties (Northwestern Ohio) without power.[2]


Significant ice accretion, more than a quarter-inch thick, occurred in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, damaging trees and causing isolated power outages. Boston experienced their largest snowfall thus far this season, with 2.7 inches (6 centimetres). Over a foot of snow fell in Upstate New York, Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine.[3]

Eastern Canada[edit]

With 35 centimetres (14 inches) of snow in the forecast for Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec, widespread school and business closures ensued.[4] 70 km/h northwesterly winds following the storm brought lake effect snow squalls, further increasing snowfall totals.[5] Residents complained of Toronto's snow removal operations.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elisha Fieldstat (February 11, 2019). "Snowstorms expected to bring travel woes, power issues to Midwest, Northeast". NBC News. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Chicago Weather: Ice causes crashes, power outages, slick surfaces in Chicago area". ABC7 Chicago. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. ^ "Icy, snowy winter storm to blast the Northeast into Tuesday night - AccuWeather.com". m.accuweather.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. ^ "News - School closures and cancellations across the GTA - The Weather Network". www.theweathernetwork.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  5. ^ "News - Ontario: Storm moves out, dangerous squalls, wind move in - The Weather Network". www.theweathernetwork.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  6. ^ "News - Ontario: Storm moves out, dangerous squalls, wind move in - The Weather Network". www.theweathernetwork.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.