WATCH | Great Snowfall of 1973 Remembered | News
This weekend Macon and most of Central Georgia reflect on the so-called Great Snow of '73.
It was mid-morning on Friday, February 9th that precipitation in the form of snow started falling across the region.
Most long time residents of the area know how seldom any accumulation of snow is recorded and the snowfall forty years ago can only be described as incredible.
It was a three day period when records were shattered across the Southeast. For most areas affected, it was the heaviest snowfall by far since records have been kept.
The archives of the National Weather Service details the massive swath that stretched in a belt 200 miles wide from New Orleans and southern Mississippi across Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. The heaviest accumulation was in a path about 50 miles on either side of a line through Columbus, Macon and Augusta.
Days after the weather event, The Macon Telegraph and News reported that Macon and Columbus recorded 16 inches. Augusta had 12, and up to 10 inches fell in the southern portions of South Carolina.