20 years ago today The Blizzard of 1993 hit Central New York with a vengeance. When it was over, 42.9 inches of snow had fallen at Hancock Airport in North Syracuse....the largest snow total for any metropolitan area affected by the storm.The only good news was that it happened over the weekend when most people did not have to work.
What I remember most about the blizzard is going out to shovel at 7:00 Saturday evening to shovel and the snow had ended for the moment. I spent the next 2 hours shoveling out the steps, the sidewalk and around my mother's car. I had just finished clearing out all that snow when the white stuff started to fall again. When I woke up Sunday morning there was no evidence that I had shoveled at all....if anything, there was more snow on the ground than there had been when I started to shovel. I don't even want to think about how much shoveling I would have had to do all at once if I hadn't dug out the night before. I am happy to say that by Monday afternoon, the city street were plowed out and life in Central NY was back to normal.
WSYR-TV in Syracuse has a page on their website recalling the blizzard. I am not able to embed the videos but you can see them by clicking here.
WSTM-TV produced a special broadcast about the blizzard called Blizzard '93: "The Storm to Tell Your Grandchildren About!"
Syracuse has seen many snowstorms in the last 20 years but none can compare to the Blizzard of 1993....and I won't mind a bit if we never see another one like it.