Snow falls in Florida

A strong winter storm may blast parts of northern Florida and southeast Georgia with ice and snow and produce a heavy snowfall in SC. The flakes mark the first time significant snow has fallen on the capital city since 1989, the Miami Herald reported.

The most snow Florida's capital has ever seen was 2.8 inches (7.1 cm), which fell in 1958.

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.

Even Florida couldn't avoid the wrath of the "bomb cyclone".

Public schools in Leon, Gadsden and Jefferson counties along with Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College should reopen Thursday. Streets remained icy as police and transportation officials closed roads and urged caution.

Officials said about 0.1 inch snow was reported on the roof of the weather service office in Tallahassee. That snow also came after a prolonged blast of Arctic air.

Towns from southeast Georgia up through Norfolk, Virginia were bracing for snow and ice through Wednesday evening.

Snowstorms and cold snaps - particularly in rare places like Florida - are often used by climate change doubters in attempts to debunk the concept of human-caused climate change, that is, the established rise in Earth's temperatures because of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Grayson was one of the heaviest one-day snowfalls on record in both Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.

"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.

As the cold pushed farther northward, Jerry Gorans found himself stunned by the frigid temperatures as he walked along the waterfront City Dock of Annapolis, Maryland, where birds stood still on icy water. Warming could push the prime lake effect season later into the winter as the lakes stay warmer longer. The reason is because extreme snows happen in a narrow, Goldilocks-esque temperature band: if it's too warm it rains, and if it's too cold, the region is too dry for whopping snow totals. The snowfall lasted about one hour and quickly dissipated.

Vanessa Coleman