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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:05am

Blizzard of '93 Remains Unrivaled

Forecasters say it was an eerily unforeseen storm that remains unrivaled in severity -- even after two decades.

Wednesday marks the 20-year anniversary of the bizarre "Blizzard of '93" that glazed much of Georgia to a standstill with wind-whipped snow and sub-zero chill factors.

It was just a week before the official start of spring, with azaleas and dogwoods already budding in Augusta.

And then came the bizarre collision of Arctic cold and Gulf moisture that covered the northern part of the state with blankets of snow and slammed its southern portions with high wind and rains.

Airports were closed and governors declared emergencies as 1.5 million southerners were without power and thousands of travelers were stranded at airports and iced-over highways.