Strong winter storm blasting South with ice, snow

Strong winter storm blasting South with ice, snow

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. The weather is believed to have been caused by the storm system known as the bomb cyclone, which is gearing up to hit cities across the entire east coast from today through the weekend.

Florida State University and Florida A&M University were also closed Wednesday. About 0.1 inches of snow fell on Florida's capital city, the first measurable snowfall since 1989.

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

Nick Dombek, a Tallahassee resident, posted a Twitter video showing his 5-year-old son frolicking in the snow. The snow stopped in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday, but Tallahassee officials still warned people to be careful while driving on the roads.

It marks the first snowfall in 28 years in Tallahassee. State highway officials also closed parts of Interstate 10, between Capital Circle Southwest to Live Oak in Suwanee County, because of ice on the roadway.

Snow coats North Florida, first time in nearly three decades

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

"You can go a generation here and not see snow", Jeff Fournier, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said. Dump trucks spread sand on major streets ahead of the storm and police closed several bridges, overpasses and a major causeway because of ice.

Forecasters predict one to four inches of snow are in Georgia, while parts of eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia may see locally higher amounts that top 6 inches. Temperatures are running well below normal for this time of year, and the lows are expected to hover right around freezing.

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. 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.

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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