Tallahassee's first snow day in almost 30 years

It's called snow, something residents of North Florida hadn't seen in nearly three decades until on Wednesday, and it is part of a deep-freeze striking the entire US East Coast.

Forecasters warned that the same system — termed by some as resembling a "winter hurricane" — could soon strengthen into a "bomb cyclone" as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow.

Florida State University and Florida A&M University were also closed Wednesday.

Tallahassee last experienced measurable snowfall back in December 1989, with over an inch falling onto the city.

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

In Gainesville, Fla., the National Weather Service reported that a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet was possible for about seven hours on Wednesday beginning at 3 a.m. Temperatures are expected to dip to 33 degrees.

Tallahassee police tweeted a video of snow falling in the area, but cautioned drivers who were about to hit the icy roads.

In Tallahassee, Interstate 10 was temporarily closed as fear swelled around how much snow would be expected.

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

Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport received 1.2 inches of snow, making it the seventh-heaviest one-day snowfall on record there.

It marks the first snowfall in 28 years in Tallahassee. Dump trucks spread sand on major streets ahead of the storm and police closed several bridges, overpasses and a major causeway because of ice.

This time, the snow accumulation was more significant farther north in Georgia, where homeowners reported a half-inch of snow in Valdosta. Charleston, S.C. saw at least five inches of snow by Thursday morning. As the storm moved north, parts of Georgia and the Carolinas could get some snow, as well. Ten-year-old Ava Alarco enjoyed her day off of school.

Parts of Florida got a dose of winter weather on Wednesday morning when Mother Nature brought snow and ice to the Sunshine State. But Florida, especially its northern reaches, can certainly see temperatures drop when cold air invades from the north, as it has over the last few days.

  • Eleanor Harrison