January 1968 Snow Storm Paralyzed Eastern NC
January 9, 2017 2:15 pm
While we are still recovering from a weekend snow storm, it was much worse 49 years ago.
January 9 through January 13, 1968 brought unusually cold weather to eastern North Carolina along with freezing rain, snow and sleet. The heavy coating of ice east and south of Raleigh caused power lines and power poles to fall. Several counties were without electrical or phone service from 1 to 5 days, according to reports.
One power company had 2,000 linemen working on repairs for several days and nights. Traffic was brought to a halt in much of the region. Statewide, at least 5 people died in weather-related traffic accidents. Hundreds more required hospital treatment for injuries in traffic accidents and from falls on the ice. (Information provided by Carter Rabil)