Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

It's snowing in Tallahassee, Fla. for the first time in three decades

It's snowing in Tallahassee, Fla. for the first time in three decades

History was made when Floridians woke up to a fresh coat of snow Wednesday morning.

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.

Winter Storm Grayson brought a mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain from northern Florida into the Carolinas Jan. 3-4, 2017.

Eastern parts of the city are getting "steady freezing rain, sleet and snow" while precipitation in the area has ended for the most part by Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee said in a tweet.

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

"In fact, from the year 1900 through at least 1950, there was no measurable snow". Some light freezing rain reached the western part of Duval County, and some flakes of snow were seen briefly at the National Weather Service office in Jacksonville. In Tallahassee, school officials announced that classes would remain closed Wednesday.

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

It marks the first snowfall in 28 years in Tallahassee. Police even had to close the bridges and overpasses in the city out of concern for drivers.

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

Towns from southeast Georgia up through Norfolk, Virginia were bracing for snow and ice through Wednesday evening.

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

Sharon Rosenberg, a 35-year-old physical therapist who has lived in the state capital her entire life, said her family bundled up and went outside early in the morning hoping to catch a glimpse of the snow falling.

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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