North American ice storm of January 1961
The North American ice storm of January 1961 was a massive ice storm
Ice storm
An ice storm is a type of winter storm characterized by freezing rain, also known as a glaze event or in some parts of the United States as a silver thaw. The U.S. National Weather Service defines an ice storm as a storm which results in the accumulation of at least of ice on exposed surfaces...

 that struck areas of northern Idaho
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 in the United States
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 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
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, in north central Idaho, to the Canadian 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.

Prior to this storm, previous records of between 4 and 6 inches of ice were recorded in New York
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 and Texas
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