Florida sees snowfall as winter weather grips East Coast


The Sunshine State became an icy winter wonderland Wednesday morning as flakes began falling in northern Florida — part of a larger storm system threatening to drop more than a foot of snow in New England this week.

As of 8 a.m. ET, the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee office tweeted that a moderate sleet and snow mix was on the ground, but that precipitation would end quickly over the course of the following hour.

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Forecasts showed possible snow stretching from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, but Tallahassee was forecast to see the most snowfall — about 0.7 inches expected.

A winter storm watch issued Tuesday by the NWS was the first that Tallahassee had received in almost four years. Although Florida’s panhandle saw snow in December, this latest bitter blast left many awestruck with the rare weather event.

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Astonished Floridians quickly began posting videos of the snowfall on Twitter, showing thick flurries landing in backyards and swimming pools.

One person tweeted a photo of snow accumulating in a pair of sandals and atop fire ant hills.

Although Florida won’t receive much snow, the moisture mixed with the cold could still create treacherous conditions.

“There could certainly be some slick spots on the road that could impact travel, and in a region that doesn’t see it often, they’ll need to take care,” NBC meteorologist Sherri Pugh said.

On Wednesday, the office of the mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, urged locals to be careful while traveling.

#WinterStorm update: after our dusting this morning, we are still asking everyone to exercise significant caution and stay off the roads as much as possible. Still very slick,” the office tweeted.

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