On January 3, 2018, the state of Florida saw snow in its northern regions for the first time in years. People living in several northern counties got to see a few flakes today, but only enough to leave a dusting. Nonetheless, driving conditions have been dangerous, and many have decided to stay off the roads as a result. Transportation crews were put to work as major roadways needed to be treated to help combat the icy patches. Some schools were even forced to close in anticipation of the colder temperatures.
“The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of North Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott urged residents and tourists to prepare. Several school districts canceled classes Wednesday, and Scott said transportation crews are spraying roads and bridges with a salt solution in anticipation of the wintry weather,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Due to the cold temperatures (which don’t exactly compare to what New England faces on a regular basis), cold-weather shelters have been set up in Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, and Brevard counties. Central Florida — in places like Orlando and Tampa — didn’t get to see flakes fly today, but are experiencing temperatures in the 40s as their high. The lows are in the 30s, which is fairly unusual for the Sunshine State, even in the dead of winter.
While most people in places like Tallahassee and Jacksonville will only see a small amount of snow today, the excitement of seeing the white stuff in a state where that’s pretty much unheard of was cause for several social media posts. People have been taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their snow experience, even if it wasn’t much to write home about.
Below are some photos that Florida residents took of their “snow day.”