Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Remembering the ‘Storm of the Century’ from March 13, 1993. Today: Partly sunny, high of 71.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Remembering the ‘Storm of the Century’ from March 13, 1993. Today: Partly sunny, high of 71.

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The snow was just part of the story here when the “Storm of the Century” blew through Northwest Georgia and the Southeast on March 12-14, 1993. Tropical storm-force winds pounded our area as well.

 

REMEMBERING A MONSTER: MARCH 12-14, 1993 (National Weather Service summaries)

March 12, 1993: An area of low pressure over the Gulf of Mexico began spreading snow across north Georgia late in the evening. The snow continued into the next day in what would eventually be called the “Storm of the Century.”

March 13, 1993: The ‘Storm of the Century’ produced record amounts of snow across north Georgia. Wind gusts near 65 mph across extreme north Georgia produced blizzard conditions as visibilities dropped to zero in many areas. Total snowfall by late evening averaged 18 to 24 inches from Rome to Clayton with near 30 inches from Fannin to Union counties. Snow drifts up to 10 feet high were reported. In Murray, Whitfield and Gordon counties in Northwest Georgia, damage estimates to businesses and homes were over $300 million. Over 120 carpet businesses in Northwest Georgia were destroyed or damaged from high wind or the weight of heavy snow. Over 90 chicken houses were destroyed in North Georgia killing at least 1.3 million chickens. Thousands of trees were uprooted with damage costs of wood products and cleanup estimated at $5 million to $10 million. Travel across extreme north Georgia, especially along the I-75 corridor, was brought to a standstill for up to a week following the blizzard conditions.

The storm would go on to kill 15 people in Georgia alone.

THE LATEST

  • Coosa River: Flood warning for Lock and Dam Park: At 24.3 feet and rising. Flood level: 24 feet.
  • Oostanaula River, Calhoun: Flood warning. At 20.9 feet and falling. Flood level: 21 feet.
  • Road closed: We had to close Thomas Bluff Road today near the county line due to flooding – river must be up a little, reports Michael Skeen, director of the Floyd County Public Works Department.

OUTLOOK

About an inch of new rain between midday Thursday and Friday morning. Cooler weekend: Highs in the mid 50s.

FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 57. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

 

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