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Snowstorm shuts down interstates, 1993

Posted on March 12, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Southbound traffic on I-75 waited March 14, 1993 for the road to be opened on Jellico Mountain near Williamsburg. The road was closed from Lexington to the Tennessee border because one of the strongest storms of the century brought 6 to 30 inches of snow to eastern and southeastern Kentucky during the prior two days. I-64 was closed from Lexington to the West Virginia border. Between 3,000 and 4,000 motorists were stranded along both highways, causing emergency shelters to be set up. Strong winds accompanied the snow, resulting in blizzard conditions and snow drifts of six to 10 feet. In Whitley County, a man froze to death when he tried to walk from his home into Corbin. Perry County reported 30 inches of snow, Pikeville had 24 and Ashland had 22. At Hazard, the 24 hour snowfall record for the state of Kentucky was set as 25 inches fell. In the higher terrain of Harlan County, 4 to 5 feet of snow was reported. Lexington and other Central Kentucky communities got 6.5 inches of snow. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

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