Record Snow and Cold

January 17 - 19, 1994

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An intense winter storm brought copious amounts of snowfall to the region Monday the 17th, with all of Kentucky and southern Indiana receiving several inches of snow.  A band of particularly heavy snow set up from Shelbyville through Cynthiana to Maysville where nearly two feet fell.  At Louisville a single-day snowfall record of more than 15 inches was set.

The heavy snow set the stage for what was to come next.  Behind the storm an intensely cold air mass dumped south out of Canada, sending temperatures plunging well below zero by Wednesday the 19th.  Not only did Louisville record an all-time low of -22 degrees, but Shelbyville set a new record low temperature for the entire state of Kentucky with a reading of -37!  Lexington came within one degree of their all-time record low.

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