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Remembering The Blizzard of ’94

Posted: 6:21 PM, Jan 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-16 18:21:55-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The blizzard of 1994 had such an impact on the city of Lexington that it changed how officials respond to storms of that magnitude today.

The more than 10 inches of snow was made worse by a sheet of ice that was underneath. Many roads were impassable, the interstates were shut down and people were stranded.

“It was the first big event in my career where we just had all-day coverage if needed. We took live shots from the governor every day, and it very much felt like a state of emergency,” said LEX 18 anchor Nancy Cox.

Lexington’s director of streets and roads said that a lot of lessons have been learned since that blizzard 25 years ago.

“Government really started to invest in people and equipment for anti-icing operations,” said Rob Allen.

Allen said that in 1994, the city and state weren’t equipped for the amount of snowfall. He said that is not the case today.

“With our equipment and planning right now, we could probably handle two events like that in one winter,” said Allen.