Snow coats North Florida, first time in nearly three decades
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 14:01 - History was made when Floridians woke up to a fresh coat of snow Wednesday morning.
The state capital, Tallahassee, saw snow for the first since 1989. And while many took to the outdoors to enjoy the rare meteorological event, parts of Interstate 10 had to be blocked off to traffic due to the winter weather.
“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. “Use caution on roads if you must travel this morning!”
This wintry mix marked the beginnings of a major storm set to impact the entire Eastern Seaboard into the weekend.
In the wake of this mixed precipitation, clearing skies with highs rising into the 40s was forecast for most of North Florida Wednesday afternoon.
In south central Georgia, highs were forecast to remain in the mid-upper 30s as overcast skies lingered into the afternoon, limiting heating. However, light snow cover threatened to keep temperatures slightly cooler near and east of the I-75 corridor.
Below is a closer look at the historic snowfall across the Southeast U.S.
Source: National Weather Service
Thumbnail image source: Twitter/ Leigh Anne Blair, @Blair_Witchin