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Tiny snowmen appear in Florida as Sunshine State gets snow

The "Welcome to Florida" sign in the northwest part of the state was covered in light snow as winter weather dipped into the Sunshine State.

It was part of a winter storm that hit the Deep South over the weekend and left thousands of people without power in the region.

In Florida, the news website northescambia.com posted a photograph of the sign that welcomes travelers to the state, covered in a sprinkle of snow.

Elsewhere in the normally warm state, flurries were reported in Destin and Miramar Beach, while temperatures in St. Petersburg were 48 degrees. Miami was a positively chilly 61 degrees Sunday afternoon.

Austin added that the region’s cold temps are due to an arctic air mass followed by a high pressure system. Wind died down and that allowed for the normally mild south to cool.

Over the weekend, North Carolina had ice warnings, and Georgia saw school and business closings. On Friday, Jackson, Mississippi had its highest snowfall since 1982.

Part of Asheville, N.C., received 8 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday, making the storm the 15th greatest since 1946, when the Weather Service started keeping records of snowfall in the city.

Thousands of customers remained without power in the region.

Duke Energy is reporting almost 8,000 customers without power Sunday afternoon in the western counties of North Carolina and South Carolina. The majority of those are in Macon, Henderson and Buncombe counties in North Carolina, where restoration to 4,860 customers was expected by 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

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Tiny snowmen appear in Florida as Sunshine State gets snow