February 2016 North American winter storm
|Category 2 "Significant" (RSI: 4.68)|
Extratropical cyclone |
|Formed||January 29, 2016|
|Dissipated||February 7, 2016(moved out to sea)|
|Max rating1||EF2 tornado|
|Duration of tornado outbreak2||1 day, 1 hour, 23 minutes|
|Maximum snowfall or ice accretion||41 in (100 cm) in Coal Bank Pass, Colorado|
|Total fatalities||4-5 fatalities|
|Areas affected||Western United States, Central United States, Southeastern United States, Northeastern United States|
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale 2Time from first tornado to last tornadoPart of the 2015–16 North American winter
The February 2016 North American winter storm was a strong winter storm that caused more than 70,000 people in southern California to lose their electricity, with many broken trees and electrical lines in that area, with the Southern Rocky Mountains having the potential to receive some of the greatest snowfall from the system. One person in San Diego, California area died when a tree fell on their car. Another person in Minnesota died after being struck by a car while crossing a street.
The storm first developed late on January 29 near California and started to track east and brought heavy snow and wind to parts of the Southwest. Late on February 1, the storm started to track northeastward towards Canada, bringing with it blizzard conditions and up to 18 inches (0.46 m) of snow in parts of the Midwest. It also brought severe weather to parts of the South on February 2. As the system tracked northeast into Canada, it brought rain to most of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and New England, which had already been hit by a previous historic storm about a week prior to this. After the storm complex had moved into Canada, the cold front associated with it stalled over the East Coast late on February 4. A new low pressure developed off North Carolina that night and started to track up the coast. It impacted areas already hit hard by the previous blizzard about two weeks prior, and caused messy travel along Interstate 95 in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas. The storm brought a quick but moderate-to-heavy burst of fresh snow, with some areas in New England receiving up to 1 ft (0.30 m) of the wintry precipitation.
Along with the aforementioned deaths, on February 5 two people were killed in Canton, Massachusetts when hit by heavy tree branches covered in heavy snow. In New York City, a person was killed when a huge construction crane, in the midst of being moved and secured due to the weather, collapsed and fell on him. In Broomall, Pennsylvania, a 90-foot beech tree fell down on a house, killing an elderly couple.
Severe weather in the South
The storm also produced severe weather across the South on the evening of February 2, including 11 tornadoes, some of which were strong and caused considerable damage in and around Alabama and Mississippi towns of Collinsville, Scooba, and McMullen. More storms had affected the southeast region on February 3. Flooding also impacted the south including Georgia. On the 3rd, an EF0 tornado occurred near Columbia, South Carolina, and an EF1 caused damage in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
- January 2016 United States blizzard
- Early January 2017 North American winter storm
- Mid-January 2017 North American ice storm
- February 2017 North American blizzard
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