The heaviest snow began falling around 7 p.m. on Jan. 24.
The snow prompted dozens of Triangle area schools, colleges and businesses to close. Gov. Jim Hunt declared a state of emergency for all of North Carolina, and Durham city and county leaders enacted a curfew for residents.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the Triangle.
Many people who lived in Raleigh at the time recalled the fun of missing "more than a week" of school, according to some recollections.
Some said the snow was up to their waists.
Andrea Farrow, who shared childhood photos of playing in the record-breaking snowfall said, "We measured 24 inches in a few different places in our yard. It was a middle schoolers dream!"
The largest snowfall ever recorded at RDU in a 24-hour period was 17.8 inches on March 2, 1927. The most snowfall from a single storm was 17.9 inches in February 1902.
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