East Alabama Ice Storm - January 28 & 29, 2005

An upper level low pressure system moved out the southern plains and into the Southeast United States, bringing abundant gulf moisture into the state of Alabama. The gulf moisture mixed with cold dry air at the surface, which was being funneled into the region from the east. The combination of moisture aloft moving over the colder and drier air at the surface resulted in freezing rain across much of Central and East Central Alabama that lasted from Friday evening, January 28, until Saturday afternoon, January 29.

map of ice storm impacts, click for larger versionSignificant icing occurred across Randolph and Chambers counties. One quarter to one inch of ice accumulations was reported countywide. Widespread power outages occurred due to icing on power lines, and trees that fell onto power lines, due to the weight of the ice that accumulated on them.

Across Cherokee, Etowah, St. Clair, Calhoun, Cleburne, Talladega, Clay, Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Lee counties, widespread icing occurred on elevated and colder surfaces. Reports of ice on trees, bridges and vehicles were common in these areas. Across the higher elevations on Mt. Cheaha, one half to one inch of ice accumulated. No widespread power outages occurred across these areas, although a few weak tree limbs were reported down due to the icing.

Light icing occurred as far west as Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, Chilton, Elmore, and eastern Autauga counties, with ice forming mainly on elevated and metal surfaces.

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icing in the community of Hissop ice on street signs in cleburne county
Ice on a road sign in Coosa County. Icy conditions at US-431 and CR-13 in Cleburne County.
ice in trees and powerlines in randolph county icy tree near wedowee
Powerlines covered with ice, CR-65 in Randolph County. Pine tree covered with ice, northeast of Wedowee.
trees down in randolph county trees down in randolph county
Numerous trees bent over, Highway 431 north of Wedowee. More tree damage, in northeast Randolph County.
icy objects in randolph county icy fence in randolph county
Ice covered many objects in Randolph County. This fence in northeast Randolph County was completely covered in ice.

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