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March 12, 2014

Cold spell on the way

Low temperatures and high winds likely

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Somerset —

On March 13, 1993, one of the strongest storms of the past 100 years brought up to 30 inches of snow to eastern and southeastern Kentucky. Strong winds accompanied the snow resulting in blizzard conditions with drifts 6 to 10 feet deep.
Interstate 75 was closed from Lexington to the Tennessee board. Regional tournament play at London was postponed because of 2 feet of snow. Three busloads of students from Memorial Elementary School were stranded in Alabama. It was difficult to measure because of drifting, but best guesses were Pulaski County had about 13 inches of snow.
It can snow in April and May. 
Six inches of snow fell in Pulaski County on May 19, 1896. The late Sam Cox, state forester, said many trees still bore bends from the weight of that snow on full foliage. A former state climatologist said there are records of snow flurries in Pulaski County in June.
The current cold spell is a quickie. Maximum readings tomorrow will be near 60.
 

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