Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits the South

Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits the South

It warned that icy roads and low visibility could make driving treacherous across the region.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for coastal locations from North Carolina to ME, including Norfolk, Virginia, the New Jersey shore, Long Island and Boston.

A blizzard warning is in effect for both northern North Carolina and southern Virginia.

Indianapolis early Tuesday tied a record low of minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-24 Celsius) for January 2 set in 1887, leading Indianapolis Public Schools to cancel classes. The high school held a teacher workday instead.

The National Weather service issued a winter weather advisory Friday for about two dozen counties in central and eastern North Carolina.

Specifically, the warning is in effect for Camden and Currituck counties from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday.

Snow has already fallen in Tallahassee, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, and now the wintry mix is now blowing through SC.

The weather service says travel will be very risky to impossible during the warning period, including the morning commute on Thursday. Fayetteville had 4 inches (10 centimeters). The snow and ice also prompted the closure of many schools in the eastern half of the state.

More progress has been made on restoring power to those who lost it in the storm. Since temperatures are expected to remain at or below freezing for the next several days, Cooper says it may be more hard for first responders and transportation crews to work.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told ABC News that the coastal roads near Savannah are in very poor condition this afternoon due to severe icing. Still, the governor urged people in affected areas to stay off roads Wednesday night and Thursday because they could become risky.

Making the most of the South's bitter cold snap, the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro offered discounted tickets for those willing to fearless the cold to see polar bears frolic in their kind of weather, along with Arctic foxes and elk.

Officials issued storm warnings for parts of Florida and Georgia, the eastern Carolinas, southeast Virginia and the cities of Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington and Norfolk.

A wind chill advisory is in effect in 22 counties in western North Carolina.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh ordered schools closed on Thursday, warning city residents that the peak of the storm would occur during the day, making travel extremely risky. After residents there began complaining of a hum, Duke Energy said it was caused by extra power surging through utility lines to meet electricity demands.

Up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is expected along the Outer Banks with 5 inches (13 centimeters) expected in eastern North Carolina.

The New Jersey shore could get as much as six to 10 inches of snow and New York's Long Island could face six to 12 inches.

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