First Florida snow in 29 years as major storm hits US

Snow coats North Florida, first time in nearly three decades

History was made when Floridians woke up to a fresh coat of snow Wednesday morning. Rob Carolan, a meteorologist for Hometown Forecast Services Inc., says winter storm warnings have been issued along the east coast up past MA. Up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow could fall in Tallahassee, Florida, while 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) are possible in parts of North Carolina.

Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm.

Snow and ice prompted Florida officials to close a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 10 from Tallahassee eastward.

At 8:05 a.m. the National Weather Service in Tallahassee declared: "Snow has reached Tallahassee".

"The last time we had measurable snow was 1989", Humphreys said. The snow stopped in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday, but Tallahassee officials still warned people to be careful while driving on the roads.

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

The last time locals saw that much snow was in December 1989.

"It nearly seems the town is deserted just like in the last hurricane", said Shaw, 65. Dump trucks spread sand on major streets ahead of the storm and police closed several bridges, overpasses and a major causeway because of ice.

Freeze warnings and watches are issued for Central Florida. The Weather Channel predicted up to five and a half inches for Savannah, with three to six inches for South Carolina. Wow.

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.

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.

Much of the United States is experiencing freezing temperatures, including the sunshine state.

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.

Making the most of the Souths bitter cold snap, the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro offered discounted tickets for those willing to courageous the cold to see polar bears frolic in their kind of weather, along with Arctic foxes and elk.