North American ice storm of January 1961
|Formed||January 1, 1961|
|Dissipated||January 3, 1961|
|Maximum snowfall or ice accretion||~8 inches (freezing rain)|
|Areas affected||northern Idaho|
The North American ice storm of January 1961 was a massive ice storm that struck areas of northern Idaho in the United States on January 1–3, 1961. The storm set a record for thickest recorded ice accumulation from a single storm in the United States, at 8 inches.
The storm's swath covered areas from Grangeville, in north central Idaho, to the Canada–United States border. According to the National Weather Service, a combination of dense fog, sub-freezing temperatures, and occasional freezing rain led to the heavy ice accretions. Catastrophic damage to trees and utilities resulted, resulting in widespread power outages.