Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Snow in Florida? Maybe We Can Thank Global Warming

Snow in Florida? Maybe We Can Thank Global Warming

One of the rarest snowfalls in the state's history came when flurries fell across South Florida - even at Miami Beach - on January 19, 1977, the first time that had happened in recorded history, according to the NWS. Because of this "bomb cyclone", as it is known, forecasters have issued winter storm warnings from northern Florida to New England, a rare occurrence.

Snow and freezing rain continued to blanket the eastern seaboard after moving past Florida.

"The National Weather Service forecast office recorded up to 0.1" of sleet and snow on campus.

Eastern parts of the city are getting "steady freezing rain, sleet and snow" while precipitation in the area has ended for the most part by Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee said in a tweet. 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. In Tallahassee snow fell in some parts of town for about an hour.

In central Florida, the states largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disneys Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlandos Volcano Bay and SeaWorlds Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap.

The temperature early Wednesday in Orlando was 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) and it was raining. Streets remained icy as police and transportation officials closed roads and urged caution. The Weather Channel predicted up to five and a half inches for Savannah, with three to six inches for South Carolina. Wow.

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

Besides polar bears, Arctic foxes, elk and other cold-tolerant animals will be on display.

Brutal winter weather that's brought subzero temperatures to parts of the threatening to dump snow and ice across areas of the South that rarely see flurries, much less accumulation.

Parts of Florida got a dose of winter weather on Wednesday morning when Mother Nature brought snow and ice to the Sunshine State. It warned that icy roads and low visibility could make driving treacherous across the region.

The last measurable snowfall in Tallahassee happened in 1989.

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