Historic Snowstorm and Cold Blast in January 1994 -- Were You There?

On January 17, 1994 an historic blizzard swept through central Kentucky and southern Indiana, giving Louisville an astounding 15.9" of snow, which still stands as the 2nd largest snowstorm ever to strike the city.  Lexington was buried under ten inches of snow, making it the fourth worst snowstorm on record for that location.  Up to 17" of snow was on the ground across the region after the storm.

Then, as if the snowstorm wasn't bad enough, two days later temperatures plunged well below zero.  Louisville and Frankfort set new all-time record lows of -22° and -27°, respectively.  New all-time record lows were also established for the state of Kentucky (-37° at Shelbyville) and Indiana (-36° at New Whiteland).

Strangely, despite the magnitude of this incredible weather event, we at the National Weather Service have been having trouble finding photographs from those cold, snowy days.  Do you have any photos, or first-hand accounts, of that terrible weather?  If so, and you wouldn't mind sharing them with us, please e-mail us at w-lmk.webmaster@noaa.gov.  Any photos or stories we receive we will keep in our files, and may use on our web site.

Thank you!

January 1994 snowstorm

Geoffrey Sego

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