Record Snowfall in Midwest Snowstorm
The heavy snowfall and icy roads stranded motorists and delayed flights ahead of a holiday weekend in which a record 62 million were expected to travel. Also thrown into disarray: gift package deliveries for the nation’s three largest package shippers.
National Guardsmen rescued more than 100 motorists who had been stranded overnight along a snowy 25-mile stretch of Interstate 64 in southwestern Indiana.
Paducah, Ky., received 14 inches of snow, topping the yearly average of 10 inches and doubling its previous one-day record. In some parts of south-central Kentucky, the ice was 2 to 4 inches thick. Biting northerly winds creating 5-foot snow drifts in places.
“This is a storm you might see two or three of these in your adult life,” said David Humphrey, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Paducah.