The first significant Tallahassee snowfall in nearly three decades had Floridians reaching for something that wasn’t around the last time this many flakes were falling back in 1989 — their smartphones.
#SnowInFlorida created a social media bonanza that included tiny little snowmen, frozen fountains on the Florida State University campus, and many videos of the snowfall across north Florida.
The snow came to Tallahassee early Tuesday morning, with forecasters saying that Jacksonville could also see some snowfall in the afternoon.
Here's something you don't see every day. #SnowInFlorida #ItsSoCold pic.twitter.com/YDrxJMAARg— Jess Clackum (@JessicaClackum) January 2, 2018
First it was the Tallahassee Police Department.
It’s snowing in Tallahassee! As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving & don’t expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear. #SunshineState #SnowDay #WinterIsHere #TLHWinterStormPosted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Snow ❄️ falling in the parking lot at the Tallahassee Police Department. #TLHWinterStorm #TPD2018Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
And then, everyone else.
It’s legitimately snowing (and accumulating) in north Tallahassee. pic.twitter.com/iKlUZDNsOm— Matt Schnippert (@altotus) January 3, 2018
ITS SNOWING IN TALLAHASSEE FL! pic.twitter.com/VYg1rkQoAK— S (@SmileOutSabrina) January 3, 2018
Best day of my life pic.twitter.com/PkxpQjW0Gd— S (@SmileOutSabrina) January 3, 2018
#TLHWinterStorm our Florida snowman pic.twitter.com/HmTTaOCM1h— Eric Chastain (@Eric_CPA) January 3, 2018
Welcome to the Twitter World sis! @StephMarie_79 pic.twitter.com/mggLtyIj9f— Leigh Anne Blair (@Blair_Witchin) January 3, 2018
Snow in Florida!
❄️ SNOW IN FLORIDA! ❄️WATCH: Snow falling this morning in Tallahassee! A dusting, less than an inch of sleet & snow, has been reported. Wild!"LIKE" Matt Devitt WINK Weather for more videos! | Credit: Laura JohnsonPosted by Matt Devitt WINK Weather on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Meanwhile, the freezing temperatures that shut down Interstate 10 were creating other novel photo opportunities in Florida, such as this Snapchat shot of a fountain on the Florida State University Campus.
This guy’s frozen swimming pool in Pensacola.
These icicles hanging from the “Welcome to Hilliard” sign in Florida’s Nassau County.
This ice covered palm tree in Fort Walton Beach.
And these Manatees huddled up in the 70-degree water discharged from a power plant in Apollo Beach.
What’s going on with the weather? Forecasters are calling the front blasting much of the country a “bomb cyclone” or “winter hurricane.”