Snow falls in Tallahassee for the first time in DECADES, as the Arctic bomb cyclone sweeps up the East Coast causing travel chaos and airport closures

Snow falls in Tallahassee for the first time in DECADES, as the Arctic bomb cyclone sweeps up the East Coast causing travel chaos and airport closures

  • ‘Bomb cyclone’ is expected to be the region’s most intense winter hurricane in decades, sparking a flurry of wind chill advisories and freeze warnings from Florida through to Maine
  • Freezing temperatures have already claimed a dozen lives in the past week across the East Coast
  • In fact, it’s freezing all across the US, with at least one place in every state hitting below freezing yesterday – and it’s expected to do the same again today 
  • Jacksonville International Airport has delays while Charleston International Airport in South Carolina, Boston Airport, Massachusetts and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia, are closed completely
  • Victims of the cold include a homeless man dead inside a trash bin in St Louis on Monday evening and a 27-year-old woman dead from exposure on Monday on the shore of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin 
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for 28 counties because of the cold
  • Savannah will see its first snowfall since February 2010, when its covered with two inches this evening
  • Snow has also begun falling in Tallahassee, Florida, where 3 to 5 inches is expected while Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay and SeaWorld’s Aquatica were closed Wednesday
  • The bomb is expected to bring blizzard-like conditions to Boston, Long Island and Maine and four inches of snow to New York City where wind chill temperatures plunge to minus 20 on Friday

Snow fell in Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in 28 years as the bomb cyclone prepares to batter the East Coast, causing traffic delays, airport closures and record breaking cold temperatures.

The cyclone has sparked a flurry of wind chill advisories and freeze warnings as far south as the sunshine state, right up to Boston and Maine were meteorologists are predicting ‘blizzard-like conditions. Weather warnings have also forced school closures across the region just as students were set to return after a winter break.

Officials in Florida were forced to close a section of Interstate 10 after less than an inch of snow fell as far south as Tallahassee for the first time in decades as the officials warned that dangerous driving conditions persist across the area. In Jacksonville, the mayor told non-essential city employees to stay home on Wednesday.

Jacksonville International Airport is running with delays due to the snow, while Charleston International Airport in South Carolina, and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, have been closed completely as the Arctic storm sweeps up the coast in what is expected to be the region’s most intense winter hurricane in decades.

American Airlines also plans to cancel all flights scheduled for Thursday at Boston Logan International Airport because of the forecast calling for snow and high winds, and reduce the number of flights at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Charleston airport said on Twitter that Joint Base Charleston, which shares runways with the U.S. Air Force, was closed because of ice and would not reopen until the Air Force determined the runways were safe.

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport also announced in a statement about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that it had closed as ice and snow fell on the Georgia coast…….more here

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