Vicious Winter Storm Brings Snow to Florida as It Winds Northward

Vicious Winter Storm Brings Snow to Florida as It Winds Northward

A winter storm dumping rare ice and snow from Florida to North Carolina is expected to strengthen rapidly Wednesday night as it pushes up the Eastern Seaboard, turning into a violent "bomb cyclone" that could produce blizzard conditions and hurricane-like winds in eastern New England and up to two feet of snow in parts of Maine.

Travel conditions along I-10 in northeast Florida and across all of southeast Georgia will be significantly impacted by freezing rain, sleet, and snow Wednesday. They include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.

Indianapolis early Tuesday tied a record low of minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit for January 2 set in 1887, leading Indianapolis Public Schools to cancel classes.

A storm dumped snow in the state capital Tallahassee, northern Florida, on Wednesday.

Winter storm warnings stretched as far south as SC on Wednesday night, but National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Peterson said the storm should be over by early Thursday in the southern states.

"The temperatures are certainly extreme, but we've seen colder", said Joseph Nield, a meteorologist in Indianapolis, noting that the all-time low temperature in IN was minus 36 in 1994.

In central Florida, the state's largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay and SeaWorld's Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap.

Nevertheless, the cold is nothing to trifle with, forecasters warned. The temperature in Atlanta fell to 13 degrees before dawn on Tuesday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) urged state residents to stay safe considering the cold weather isn't expected to pass until Thursday and could possibly cause power outages.

Meanwhile, in Valdosta, Georgia, the snow was coming down even harder and it was actually accumulating on the lawns and streets.

At least 17 deaths were blamed on dangerously cold temperatures that for days have gripped wide swaths of the US from Texas to New England. That's the most snowfall in Charleston since December 1989, and plenty for Chris Monoc's sons, ages 4 and 2, to go sledding outside their home near the city's iconic Ravenel Bridge. "The bad news is it will ruin tomorrow morning's commute". "I'm pretty sure last year at New Year's lots of families were in the park playing catch, Frisbee football and stuff like that".

In the Southeast, winter storm warnings were issued in such usually mild locations as Tallahassee, Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head and Charleston, S.C., North Carolina's Outer Banks and Wilmington, N.C. Nonetheless, African elephants, lions and gorillas were being sheltered out of public view because of the dangerously low temperatures.

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