Snow falls in Florida

Jon Howard
January 13, 2018

Before Wednesday, she had only seen snow once in her life, while on vacation in Chicago.

Officials issued storm warnings for parts of Florida and Georgia, the eastern Carolinas, southeast Virginia and the cities of Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington and Norfolk. About 0.1 inches of snow fell on Florida's capital city, the first measurable snowfall since 1989.

Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm.

Tallahassee police tweeted a video of snow falling in the area, but cautioned drivers who were about to hit the icy roads. State highway officials also closed parts of Interstate 10, between Capital Circle Southwest to Live Oak in Suwanee County due to ice on the roadway.

The last measurable snowfall in Tallahassee happened in 1989.

"It nearly seems the town is deserted just like in the last hurricane", said Shaw, 65.

The local National Weather Service office said they had.1 inch of snow on the roof of their building by 8:30 a.m., though it stopped snowing by 9 a.m. Dump trucks spread sand on major streets ahead of the storm and police closed several bridges, overpasses and a major causeway because of ice.

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In Georgia, up to 6 inches of snow fell in Ellabell, 5 inches was measured in Pembroke, 4 inches accumulated in Nevils, and a general 1 to 2 inches of snow had piled up in Thomasville, Vidalia and as far east as Chatham County.

Even Florida couldn't avoid the wrath of the "bomb cyclone". The Weather Channel predicted up to five and a half inches for Savannah, with three to six inches for South Carolina. Wow.

Not even the Sunshine State was spared from this winter's bone-chilling temperatures.

The unusual weather is from the same storm that promises to wallop the NY region on Thursday with up to a foot or more of snow forecast in some parts.

"Its like a camping trip that I didnt sign up for", said Broussard, whos been huddling with her 8-year-old daughter, newborn baby and boyfriend in a bedroom warmed by space heaters.

The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected Wednesday mainly along the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to North Carolina.

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