Florida’s capital woke up to snow and sleet on Wednesday, the first significant accumulation of frozen precipitation since 1989.
At 8:05 a.m. the National Weather Service in Tallahassee declared: “Snow has reached Tallahassee. Precip will end quickly from the west over the next 30-60 minutes.”
Sure enough, after about 10 minutes of puffy flakes, the sleet and flurries melted quickly as Tallahassee’s morning traffic was significantly lighter because of weather warnings and school closings. Streets remained icy as police and transportation officials closed roads and urged caution.
Hazardous conditions caused an early morning accident that forced the closure of an I-10 flyover at Thomasville Road and U.S. 90. State highway officials also closed parts of Interstate 10, between Capital Circle Southwest to Live Oak in Suwanee County, because of ice on the roadway.
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The forecast of a winter storm prompted officials to close schools, including Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Three Central Florida theme park attractions were also shut down due to the cold.
Although temperatures will continue to dip below freezing in the area for the next few days, a zero percent chance of precipitation means this might be Tallahassee’s only fling with snow for the foreseeable future.
The last time a wintry blast hit Tallahassee with any measurable snowfall was Dec. 22-23, 1989, when an inch fell.
This time, the snow accumulation was more significant farther north in Georgia, where homeowners reported a half-inch of snow in Valdosta.
Miami Herald staff writer Alex Harris contributed to this report.