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The Blizzard of '93 - Record Snowfalls

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Today is 20th anniversary of the Blizzard of '93.
          
Not everyone believed we would get a record snow in the middle of March. But our own Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys warned us to be prepared.  
     
The snow started falling late Friday night. By Saturday morning, the city was covered with nearly two feet of snow in some places. Eighteen and-a-half inches of that falling in just one day.

Both Interstates 24 & 75 were shut down, stranding motorists.

The heavy weight of the snow collapsed the roof of the old Sam's Club, and at a carpet outlet in Dalton.

Seventy-two thousand EPB customers lost power. Crews worked non-stop for eight days before getting all power restored.  

The Blizzard of '93 is EPB's third most expensive storm in company history.

The second highest one day snowfall in Chattanooga was on December 4, 1886 when 12 inches blanketed the city.

Coming in at number 3: January 7, 1988 when 10 inches of snow fell in Chattanooga. At the time,it was the most snow seen in Chattanooga in more than 75 years.

It started falling overnight, and by morning many roads were impassable.  Cars skidded off the interstate and slid into the median wall.       

Police ended up stopping traffic at the bottom of the ridgecut while crews worked to clear snow from the roadway.

And many of you remember to big snow just two years ago. Nearly eight and-a-half inches fell between midnight and sunrise January 10, 2011.

That snow comes in at number 10 on the list of highest one-day snowfalls in Chattanooga.

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