Florida's capital sees first measurable snowfall in almost 30 years

Flaky Weather Why Tallahassee Got Its 1st Measurable Snow in Decades

On Jan. 3 Floridians got a rare glimpse of snow falling on palm trees. Credit Brennan Juhan

Before Wednesday, she had only seen snow once in her life, while on vacation in Chicago. However, this recent storm put parts of Northern Florida under winter storm watch for the first time in four years. The last time there was significant snow in the capital city was 1989, FOX13 Tampa reported.

The winter storm impacted much of Florida's Big Bend region, along with Tift, Colquitt and Thomas Counties in Georgia.

The last time a wintery blast hit Tallahassee with any measurable snowfall was December 22-23, 1989, when an inch fell. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the first time in almost four years.

State officials took safety precautions by closing roads and schools after icy roads caused a traffic accident. Florida State University's Tallahassee campus closed for the day due to the severe weather threat and in the Orlando area, theme parks closed water attractions due to cold weather.

Savannah saw measurable snowfall for the first time since February 2010.

"It's just so nuts", Goldstein said.

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. Police even had to close the bridges and overpasses in the city out of concern for drivers.

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.

The icy weather forced airports to shut down in Savannah and Charleston, where 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) of snow was forecast about 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland from the coast.

Not even the Sunshine State was spared from this winter's bone-chilling temperatures. Ten-year-old Ava Alarco enjoyed her day off of school.

Forecasters expect freezing rain and sleet to end as snow in parts of northern Florida and southern Georgia by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

But with this low-pressure system developing off the Atlantic coast of Florida, moisture was pulled far enough westward to provide the fuel for snow and the area - like the rest of the eastern half of the country - has "had an unusually long stretch of cold weather", he said.

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