East Tennessee remembers the blizzard...

East Tennessee remembers the blizzard of 1993

There are 72 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Mar 12, 2008, titled East Tennessee remembers the blizzard of 1993. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

It may feel like spring, but this time 15 years ago, it was anything but pleasant.

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Kingsport, TN

#1 Mar 12, 2008
Yes, the forecasters did predict it.

What the article doesn't tell you is that those same forecasters had previously predicted any number of snow storms that never materialized.

So I'll never forget the headline in the News-Sentinel -'We Told You It was Coming!', or something like that.

Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then.

United States

#2 Mar 13, 2008
I wasn't around for it, but I'd imagine the 'fun' it would be for Emergency Services to try to respond to scenes.
I just wish everyone would stay off the roads when things like this happened.
- Harrogate Fire.

Ardmore, AL

#3 Mar 13, 2008
I remember it well. At that time I lived in a home off of Ebenezer Rd. in West Knoxville. March 12th was a Friday and I stayed up late watching taped episodes of The Young & the Restless. When I had finished watching my weeks worth of the show, I got up to go to bed and looked out the window. It was now March 13th and about 2:00 am. To my surprise, a winter wonderland had developed in my yard! A quiet, softly falling snow had accumulated to the depth of about a foot with drifts two to three times that amount. I'm sure there had to have been wind to've created those drifts, but I didn't hear it. Guess all that feuding going on on between Nikki and Victor kept me so engrossed I didn't know what was going on outside

I never lost electrical power or heat, but lots of my friends did. I made large batches of soup and filled Thermoses with boiled water for hot cocoa and instant coffee, then invited those friends who were without utilities to come to my home for warmth and nourishment. Several tried to walk, but the snow drifts were too deep and the streets had not been plowed, so no one was able to come. I felt guilty being all snug and warm. We had underground utilities, so I guess that is why our subdivision was spared the loss.

I remember looking outside and watching neighbors both downhill ski and use cross country skis to travel throughout the neighborhood. It was a nightmare for those who didn't have electricity and were stranded at home, but for the rest of us, it was the big beautiful snow every child (both young and old) dreams about! And I have a collection of photographs to proove I was a part of the Blizzard of '93!

Knoxville, TN

#4 Mar 13, 2008

Paducah, KY

#5 Mar 13, 2008
It was beautiful!!!I had just had my second youngest son in Jan.and although getting to the store was almost impossible,my other 2 sons had the time of thier lives,and they still remeber it.They were 5 and 7.I also had another son that year in Dec. however he has yet to be a part of a blizzard and he loves the snow more than any of the others.He was the only one that got out over the weekend when it snowed.He'll stay out ALL day if he's let.The rest of them aren't as enthused,but love to see it coming due to the "school snow days"just as well!!!

United States

#6 Mar 13, 2008
I lived in Ohio at the time and I was only 3 (well, almost 3) years old, so I don't remember it very well, but I've seen videos that my parents filmed. It was crazy deep, up to that middle bar on the swing set we had.

Crossville, TN

#7 Mar 13, 2008
I remember my husband was in Fort Knox, KY. My four year old daughter and I woke up and looked out to about 18 inches of snow. The wind had blown it to about three feet next to the house. The door wouldn't open against the weight. I asked her, "What in the world will we do?" She bent her elbows and flipped her hands out and said, "Drink hot chocolate."

Columbus, OH

#8 Mar 13, 2008
I remember it well. My son was only 5 years old and he was so excited and wanted soooooo bad to play outside-that is till he stepped off the covered front porch into the snow and it came way up on his chest. He only stayed out a few minutes then he was cold, wet and ready for a big bowl of soup and hot chocolate. Wish we could see a few more snows like that!!

Crossville, TN

#9 Mar 13, 2008
Never to be forgotten, I played all day in my 4x4, even some areas were not passable with all four pulling. I dream of another just like it.
You Gotta Be Kidding

Chattanooga, TN

#10 Mar 13, 2008
Oh, yes, I remember it well. I had the worst case of the flu known to man (or woman). Ours was the only house in our subdivision to lose power. Somehow we were on a separate line that snapped. We live in the woods had had about 20 trees that criss-crossed our road. It took all the neighbors two days of work with chain saws to get the road cleared. We finally got our power restored the following Wednesday. Temps in the house were in the 40's with only a fireplace for heat and candles for light. Yeah, it was great fun.
US ARMY Retired

Knoxville, TN

#11 Mar 13, 2008
LOL yes it was beautiful and all that...but there were some that hated it!! I was one of those. I was called up for my reserve unit. I was called for active duty for alittle over a week. Myself and another soldier took a 4 wheel truck to Alcoa to get a Tanker to rush diesel fuel to the TDOT depot so the salt trucks could get out. They had ran out of fuel to be out on the roads trying to clear them. We could only carry 4000 gallons at a time and they were burning it up just about as fast as we could haul it. What little sleep we got was done in the tanker and what food we had was MRE's that we heated on the engine. At the time it was going on I hated it. Now, I wish it would snow again so I could play in it like so many did that year. I would love to see my girls play in snow like that. But with it going to hit around 72 I guess its totally out of the question. LOL
wizardofknoxvega s

Knoxville, TN

#12 Mar 13, 2008
Isn't it great that so many people have such fond memories of that snow. The hospital where I worked picked up essential personnel (myself included) in rented 4 wheel drive vehicles. We relieved medical staff that had been on duty for more than 18 hours by the time we arrived; and we stayed in the hospital for the next 4 days, sleeping where and whenever we could. Rural Metro couldn't run, so the National Guard transported patients in military issue Hummers. Cherish your happy, nostalgic memories; but donít forget the police officers, fire fighters, nurses, doctors, EMTs, National Guardsmen, and road crews that worked to the point of exhaustion to provide vital services.

Strawberry Plains, TN

#13 Mar 13, 2008
I remember it very well. My junior year in high school.
WSHS Parent

Orlando, FL

#14 Mar 13, 2008
I will never forget that storm!! I worked at Walmart in Maryville @ the time & the store was closed for almost 2 days. My Daughter was almost 3 & decided that she wanted to go outside & play as well, until...... I set her down in the snow & she realized how deep it actually was & then she wanted back in my arms immediately. What fun we had playing in the snow that weekend. In all the 24 years that I lived in Alcoa that is the biggest & best snow that I ever recall. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT STORM!!!!!!!!!!


Since: Feb 08

Newport, TN.

#15 Mar 13, 2008
Lordy, Lordy, I had to walk three miles one way thru the snow to make it to the beer store. Try carrying two cases of beer thru that crap.

Montrose 1973

Since: Feb 08

Knox Co.

#16 Mar 13, 2008
Cocke County Native wrote:
Lordy, Lordy, I had to walk three miles one way thru the snow to make it to the beer store. Try carrying two cases of beer thru that crap.
You should have seen the People laughing at Me going to the store on a Massey-Ferguson!Got My cold ones though.Was a heck of a Snow.

Columbia, SC

#17 Mar 13, 2008
Yes it was a "great" thing to remember. Here on the Cumberland Plateau, we had drifts that were about 10' high at least. Most of us here, lost our electricity but luckily we had a kerosene heater just for those types of emergencies and the emergency personal worked very hard getting heaters to the ones that didn't have any and then worked even harder keeping everyone in oil for their heaters.

It was a "terrible" time for the emergency personal, but yes it was VERY beautiful and a time that none of us will ever forget. My daughter who was only 2 at the time, had gotten a new puppy from her uncle that is in Lafollette and we had to bring in a "giant" barrel, lay it down because it wasn't round enough to give it any room, and had to put it in our largest room our livingroom, it was that big, so we had to get around the giantic barrel everytime we had to go to another room. Oh yes, the memories of that blizzard. They are in our hearts forever!!!

Our daughter wasn't old enough to remember much, so it would be nice to have another one so that she could actually see what a winter wonderland that we had.

Nashville, TN

#18 Mar 13, 2008
You should have stuck with moonshine...living in Cocke county, you wouldn't have had to walk nearly as far...

Cocke County Native wrote:
Lordy, Lordy, I had to walk three miles one way thru the snow to make it to the beer store. Try carrying two cases of beer thru that crap.

Nashville, TN

#19 Mar 13, 2008
I'll never forget it, either...we lived in Asheville, NC. We got nearly 2 feet, with up to 6 foot drifts.

Most especially, I'll always remember it, because our oldest child was born almost exactly 9 months later, on December 17. We had been trying to have a child for a while, and the storm helped us out.

“Born in TN, Raised a Buckeye”

Since: Jul 07

Powell, TN

#20 Mar 13, 2008
I was living in Heiskell during that blizzard, and we went without power for about 5 days. I remember that my dad and I (I was 10 at the time) had to hike over 2 miles down to the Raccoon Valley Truck Stop and back so we could siphon diesel fuel out of the owner's John Deere tractor, so we could help plow driveways and our street with our tractor. Our campstoves and kerosene heater got plenty of use that week.

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