A significant winter storm that impacted a large part of the eastern United States is wrapping up today. While snow will slowly exit the northeast today allowing people to dig out from heavy snow there, authorities in Pickens, South Carolina shared bodycam footage of their police arresting “Elsa the Snow Queen.”
Through 10 am today, the National Weather Service reported that more than 20″ of snow had fallen from the latest winter storm to batter the east coast with heavy snow, strong winds, an icy mix for some, and heavy rain for others. The winter storm also triggered a tornado outbreak in southwest Florida.
While the heaviest snow fell over the northeast, the southeast saw significant amounts too. Georgia saw up to 10″ while Mississippi saw up to 9″. Gatlinburg, Tennessee reported 11.2″ of snow. In South Carolina, 9.5″ fell in Travelers Rest.
On Sunday, police in Pickens, South Carolina released bodycam footage of them arresting “Elsa the Snow Queen.” A statement released by the Pickens Police Department said, “She was detained after a short foot chase and no one was injured or severely frozen. Her accomplice, the abominable snowman, is still at large. He has unleashed more snow and ice. Help us find him. Please be safe on the road if you have to drive. Big thank you to “Elsa” for stopping by the Department.”
It appears the Pickens Police Department in northwestern South Carolina has arrested Elsa the Snow Queen, as this bodycam footage released by the police show. The region is recovering from yesterday’s big snowstorm. #SCwx pic.twitter.com/IFDv0gfG5p
— the Weatherboy (@theWeatherboy) January 17, 2022
Elsa is a fictional character who appears in the Walt Disney Animation Studio’s animated film, “Frozen” and its sequel, “Frozen II.” The Elsa character is loosely based on the title character of “The Snow Queen” in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale; in Frozen, Elsa has the magical ability to create and manipulate ice and snow.
Despite the fun had by the Pickens Police Department, the storm was serious business for the eastern U.S.. More than 1,300 flights in the U.S. were canceled today due to the storm, with another 600 flights delayed, according to FlightAware. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, with most power outages in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. The storm was blamed for 2 deaths in North Carolina. In Florida, tornadoes spawned by the winter storm destroyed 31 homes and badly damaged 51 others.