"I didn't think it would really hit. In East Tennessee, we just don't get this kind of weather."
Many long-time locals echoed that thought back in mid-March 1993. A winter storm of historic proportions hit East Tennessee. The storm started on Friday, March 12th with the bulk of the snow falling the following day. Knoxville officially recorded more than 15 inches of snow. Other parts of the region had even more including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where rangers recorded up to five feet in some places.
The storm stranded hikers in the National Park, trapped people in their homes for days and knocked out power to thousands. Officials called in help from the military, used helicopters to drop food and supplies to secluded homes and crews with the Knoxville Utilities Board worked round-the-clock for more than a week to restore power to homes and businesses.
When it was all said and done, the Blizzard of '93 proved to be one for the record books. Now, on the 20th anniversary of the storm, it remains one of your "Straight from the Heart" Moments.