When the rest of the country's hit with a monster snowstorm, you can usually count on Floridians to be smug about the fact that they're lounging in the sun. But Wednesday they got a sprinkle of the snow that's been sweeping the U.S., and their reactions have been predictably extra.
A mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow was forecasted between Tallahassee and Jacksonville from Tuesday night through Wednesday mid-day. Weather Channel senior meteorologist Kevin Roth told NBC the biggest snowfall would be in Tallahassee, with 0.7 inches—which was apparently enough for schools to shut down. Public schools in Leon County, the region encompassing Tallahassee, gave students Wednesday and Thursday off "in an abundance of caution and with the safety of our students and staff," according to a Leon County Schools Facebook post. With temperatures lower than they've been in four years, four Central Florida counties are opening cold-weather shelters, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
It's also the first time in four years that northern Florida's been under a winter storm watch, according to NBC. So, while a snow day may be the consolation for ungodly low temperatures in the eyes of the state's miserable northern neighbors, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Floridians.
People can't handle it—and neither can the highways. "There could certainly be some slick spots on the road that could impact travel," said NBC meteorologist Sherri Pugh.
Meanwhile, ABC reports the storm is making its way upward and will escalate to "bomb cyclone" proportions as it reaches New England on Thursday, so good luck, Northeast.