Strong winter storm blasting South with ice, snow

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2018

Snow, sleet and freezing rain may increase in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia by Wednesday afternoon.

Although bomb cyclones are not necessarily uncommon, they can result in powerful storms under certain conditions, and forecasters have warned states lining the east coast that this bomb cyclone could be just as powerful as Hurricane Sandy. Winter Storm Warnings have been issued across the Florida Big Bend and south central Georgia areas.

Officials said about 0.1 inch snow was reported on the roof of the weather service office in Tallahassee.

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

RARE SIGHT: it's snowing in Tallahassee FL for the 1st time in 28 years.

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. And a 2016 Climate Central research report found that winter precipitation was increasingly falling not as snow, but as rain in many states across the country.

In Savannah, a coastal city that hasn't seen measurable snowfall since February 2010, up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow and sleet were forecast.

"It nearly seems the town is deserted just like in the last hurricane", said Shaw, 65.

The National Weather Service predicted snow flurries across a swath of northern Florida, from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, on Wednesday morning. Police even had to close the bridges and overpasses in the city out of concern for drivers. Charleston, S.C. saw at least five inches of snow by Thursday morning.

In Georgia, up to 6 inches of snow fell in Ellabell, 5 inches was measured in Pembroke, 4 inches accumulated in Nevils, and a general 1 to 2 inches of snow had piled up in Thomasville, Vidalia and as far east as Chatham County.

Not even the Sunshine State was spared from this winter's bone-chilling temperatures. In Tallahassee snow fell in some parts of town for about an hour. Ten-year-old Ava Alarco enjoyed her day off of school.

The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected Wednesday mainly along the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to North Carolina.

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