Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Snow in Florida: Tallahassee sees first significant snow since 1989

Snow in Florida: Tallahassee sees first significant snow since 1989

Snow, sleet and freezing rain may increase in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia by Wednesday afternoon.

Public schools in Leon, Gadsden and Jefferson counties along with Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College should reopen Thursday.

The last time a wintry blast hit Tallahassee with any measurable snowfall was December 22-23, 1989, when an inch fell.

Officials in Tallahassee have reported seeing white snowflakes falling in the panhandle of Florida.

RARE SIGHT: it's snowing in Tallahassee FL for the 1st time in 28 years. There was also a light glaze of ice forming on surfaces in downtown Tallahassee, according to the National Weather Service.

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

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

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On January 3, 2018, Tallahassee residents witnessed their first snowfall in three decades. Dump trucks spread sand on major streets ahead of the storm and police closed several bridges, overpasses and a major causeway because of ice.

The North Carolina Zoo is offering half-priced admission while a bitter cold wave sweeps the South, giving visitors a chance to see polar bears frolic in their kind of weather.

Due to weather conditions, some airlines are allowing passengers to rebook flights without paying a cancellation fee -including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines as near-blizzard conditions are expected to blast through the eastern United States.

"It's snowing in Tallahassee!".

In Raleigh, North Carolina, hardware stores reported brisk sales of ice-melting compounds, pipe insulation and sleds as an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow was forecast. Ten-year-old Ava Alarco enjoyed her day off of school.

Even Florida couldn't avoid the wrath of the "bomb cyclone".

The National Weather Service said the rapidly deepening area of low pressure off Florida's east coast will move northeastward bringing snow to the southern mid-Atlantic coast and then to New England as it moves towards the Canadian Maritimes by Friday.

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