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Record cold, 1951

Posted on November 18, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
February of 1951 brought record cold temperatures to Lexington. This photo shows cars stranded along Main Street. Published in the Lexington Leader February 2, 1951.

Cars were stranded along Main Street in Lexington during a record cold snap on Feb. 2, 1951.  The low that morning was minus-15 degrees, which remains the record for that date in Lexington. The brutal cold was part of the Great Storm of 1951, when rain and sleet on Jan. 31 was followed by deep cold and snow. The winter storm stretched from Louisiana to Ohio, but Kentucky and Tennessee received the brunt of it. Twenty-five deaths were blamed on the storm, which caused an estimated $100 million in damage — a record at the time.  Published in the Lexington Leader on Feb. 2, 1951.

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