Snow coats North Florida, first time in almost three decades

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"It's snowing in Tallahassee, Florida for the first time in 28 years", Mike Seidel, a meteorologist and field reporter for The Weather Channel, tweeted on January 3.

While this is the first time Tallahassee has seen snow in almost 30 years, this isn't the first time Florida got frosty this winter.

Kids in Florida who have never seen snow got a chance to play by building snowmen and making snow angels.

The National Weather Service reported snow fell in the city Wednesday morning. While the heavy snowfall will offer these provinces a short break from the bone-chilling temperatures, it will receive over 40 cm of snow and gusts up to 130 km/h. The last time there was significant snow in the capital city was 1989, FOX13 Tampa reported.

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

Officials closed portions of the highway, and schools were canceled out of an abundance of caution, Wool said, as freezing rain that preceded the snow made some roadways slick.

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Although not all Tallahassee residents may have been excited by the chilly temperatures and snow, a handful of people (and furry friends) were thrilled by their usually sunny home being transformed into a winter wonderland.

Winter Storm Grayson brought a mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain from northern Florida into the Carolinas Jan. 3-4, 2017.

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 last measurable snowfall in Tallahassee happened in 1989. A massive front is bringing some of the coldest temperatures in years to parts of Florida. African elephants, lions and gorillas were sheltered out of public view.

But with this low-pressure system developing off the Atlantic coast of Florida, moisture was pulled far enough westward to provide the fuel for snow and the area - like the rest of the eastern half of the country - has "had an unusually long stretch of cold weather", he said. The water evaporates into the cold air and falls as snow downwind.

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