Thousands of people forced to shelter for several days in schools, armories and churches. Youth
killed at Hudson Falls from stepping on live wire. Thawing of heavy ice on wires on Dec. 11
caused additional power failures as wires snapped from sudden release of weight. Same storm
also wrought important but much less damage to trees and power lines in a belt south of Lake
Ontario and extending from the Mohawk Valley and Otsego County westward to include Erie
and Wyoming Counties. Areas thus affected by freezing rain included Buffalo, Rochester, Canan-
daigua, Oswego, Syracuse, Utica, and sections of southern Lewis and Jefferson Counties. Effects
of storm relatively light and minor in sections of Catskills and southern half of Hudson Valley.
MAINE State [ME01>14] IC2 (Glaze)--Freezing rain glazed many sections of Maine and pro-
duced hazardous streets and walks. Many minor accidents followed.
MASSACHUSETTS Western portion [MA05,06] IC2 (Glaze)--Freezing rain glazed roads and
walks in some communities.
NEW HAMPSHIRE State [NH01>07] IC2 (Glaze)--Freezing rain produced glazing in many
VERMONT State [VT01>05] IC2 (Glaze)--Freezing rain produced glazing in many communities.
December 22, 1969 to January 17, 1970
CT: ice-laden branches snapped by high winds caused extensive power failures
MA: severe ice storm, especially in southern counties
NH: heavy icing in south, snow in north
ME: worst ice storm in many years in southern half; major damage to utility wires
NY: scattered damage to trees and utility wires in lower Hudson Valley
RI: torrential rains caused power failures
ME: heavy snow broke trees; utility wires were downed
devastation compared to 1938 hurricane
MA: wind, heavy snow and glaze broke limbs and trees, causing utility outages
NH: spectacular glazing in north coated trees and wires with 12" of ice
utility lines felled, disrupting service to whole communities
VT: devastation of forests and utility lines described as "havoc unbelievable"
utility outages lasting a week or more in some areas (CT River Valley,
ice load (in.), wind speed (mph)
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