Strong Winter Storm Expected to Blast South With Ice and Snow

A man drags a shovel up Beacon Hill during a severe winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts February 9, 2013. A blizzard pummelled the Northeastern United States, killing at least one person, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and disrupting thousands of flights, media and officials said. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: BKS01

A strong winter storm may blast parts of northern Florida and southeast Georgia with ice and snow and produce a heavy snowfall in South Carolina.

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.

In Florida, it marked the first winter storm warning for Tallahassee in four years. The National Weather Service reported snow fell in the city Wednesday morning.

In Tallahassee, numerous vehicle crashes were reported and officials closed off about 55 miles of Interstate 10 in north Florida because of ice.

“We’re seeing some flurries,” Ricardo Humphreys, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, told the Tallahassee Democrat. “There’s been freezing rain throughout the area, and that’s been the main issue with road closures and whatnot.”

The last time Florida’s capital got any measurable snowfall was in December 1989, when one inch fell.

“The last time we had measurable snow was 1989,” Humphreys said. “That’s pretty rare. “So we’ll see after all this is done whether get got any measurable snow anywhere.”

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SOURCE: UPI, Sara Shayanian