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

13 January 2018

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

Officials in Tallahassee closed down more than 50 miles of Interstate 10 because of icy conditions Wednesday morning, as flurries fell for the first time since 1989, city officials said.

The storm is also expected to drop potentially heavy snows along parts of the East Coast, though exactly how much snow will fall will depend on how closely the storm hugs the coastline. However, this recent storm put parts of Northern Florida under winter storm watch for the first time in four years. Forecasters said hurricane-force winds blowing offshore on Thursday could generate 24-foot seas.

"Freezing rain mixing with sleet continues from Tallahassee into south central Georgia and the eastern Florida Big Bend region", tweeted the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee. In Tallahassee, school officials announced that classes would remain closed Wednesday.

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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.

In Central Florida, the state's largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay and SeaWorld's Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap.

It marks the first snowfall in 28 years in Tallahassee.

Wilmington, North Carolina, saw 3.8 inches of snow which is the highest total there since January 10, 2011 when 3.8 inches was also observed.

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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.

Zoo visitors, however, shouldn't expect to see any lions, elephants or gorillas native to Africa on view.

As much of the nation is gripped by cold weather, there are several places in the south east getting snow.

As the cold pushed farther northward, Jerry Gorans found himself stunned by the frigid temperatures as he walked along the waterfront City Dock of Annapolis, Maryland, where birds stood still on icy water.

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