Remembering Doug Wallace and 1982 snowstorm - WRBL

Remembering Doug Wallace and 1982 snowstorm

By Phil Scoggins

In mid-January it's not uncommon to experience some of winter's worst weather.  You may recall last year's ice storm hit right about now.  Thirty years ago, we got a rare snowstorm.

On January 12, 1982 longtime WRBL weatherman Doug Wallace was tossing up a snowball instead of his chalk.

News 3 viewer Norman Easterday of Opelika provided us with a home video recording of WRBL's newscast on that day.  It included a clip of Doug in front of the TV station playing with the snow as he teased to his forecast.

During the short clip Doug said, "You know, I hate to be a kill joy for you snow lovers, but I don't think you'll see any more snow tonight.  It's raining right now, freezing rain and that's what will be coming down all night long and into tomorrow."

The snow began to fall earlier that Tuesday afternoon.  Schools were let out early.  Some local bridges were closed to traffic due to icing conditions.  Commuters heading home early from work found driving conditions to be treacherous in a lot of places.

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