News 12 Then: The snowstorm of 1988


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Antsy for a real snow this winter?

We just marked the 30th anniversary of one of the biggest storms to hit our area.

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On January 7th, 1988, Chattanooga got 10.2 inches of snow in a storm that swept from Oklahoma to North Carolina.

The Carolina mountains got up to 16 inches, but 10 fell in a band including Scottsboro, Trenton, LaFayette, Ringgold & Cleveland.

It is the second highest snow fall in the scenic city in modern history. (18.5 in March, 1993 was the big one)

And this was a powdery snow, not very icy… great for snowballs.

We have pulled a couple of videos for you from the 88 Storm.

The first looks at truckers trying to make it through Chattanooga.

The second is a combo report featuring several reporters. But the most fun video is at the end at the 3:00 mark.

Of course, that five years later, the Blizzard of 93 would make us forget about this one!