Friday, 16 November, 2018

Storm system brings snow, ice to Florida

Patti Blake  News Herald via AP Patti Blake News Herald via AP
Laurie Berry | 13 January, 2018, 00:15

In Orlando, theme parks closed water attractions due to the cold weather. The last time there was significant snow in the capital city was 1989, FOX13 Tampa reported.

The National Weather Service reported snow fell in the city Wednesday morning.

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

Savannah saw measurable snowfall for the first time since February 2010.

For the moment, PIX11 News' Weather Center is calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow in the five boroughs and along the Jersey Shore, with 8 to 12 inches of accumulation on eastern Long Island, and about 1 to 4 inches of snow in western and northern New Jersey.

Up to two-tenths of an inch of ice was reported in Charleston County, South Carolina, before precipitation changed to snow on the afternoon of January 3. Accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) were possible in eastern North Carolina.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for 28 counties.

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Not even the Sunshine State was spared from this winter's bone-chilling temperatures.

It is expected to be even colder in Central Florida on Thursday.

Warming shelters were opened across the South as freeze watches and warnings blanketed the region. Eggs that she left on the kitchen counter have frozen and broke open.

Sharon Rosenberg, a 35-year-old physical therapist who has lived in the state capital her entire life, said her family bundled up and went outside early in the morning hoping to catch a glimpse of the snow falling.

This will result in extreme weather conditions, including freezing rain in SC; blizzard warnings with 50-70 miles per hour winds for multiple states, including Virginia and ME; and snow where snow hasn't fallen in decades, like Tallahassee.

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

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. "My feet hurt, my ears hurt".

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