As many of you know, I'm a lover of snow.

As many of you know, I'm a lover of snow.

If it's winter, I figure it ought to snow in Ohio, and I say, "Bring it on!"

But freezing rain and ice are another story. I remember growing up in Indiana when a massive ice storm hit in the 1970s, leaving a thick coating of ice on the trees and knocking out the power for days.

This week, I'm looking back at five of the most destructive ice storms across our country and their devastating impact:

* Great Ice Storm of 1951. Two inches of ice accumulated between Louisiana and West Virginia. Ohio felt the effects of this one as well. After the ice, strong northerly winds brought in temperatures that were below zero -- a one-two punch for winter-weary residents.

* 2002 ice storm. This one hit the Carolinas hard, with 1.7 million people losing power. Some electric customers were without power for more than eight days.

* 2004 holiday storm. Remember when freezing rain fell across central Ohio at Christmas? Ohio insurance claims alone topped $100 million. Emergencies were declared in 20 Ohio counties.

* Ice storm of 2005. This storm hit the Cleveland-Akron as well as western and central Ohio. Extensive power outages were reported. Flooding also occurred during the storm, with 59 Ohio counties declared disaster areas.

* 1998 ice storm. This was the worst to ever hit the United States and Canada. Damage across both countries topped $3 billion.The ice was so thick, millions of trees were downed. Widespread power outages lasted weeks.

See why I prefer snow over ice?

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Weather where you live author Chris Bradley is chief meteorologist at WBNS-10TV.