Several flights canceled ahead of expected winter storm on the East Coast

Charleston/S.C. Boston: A rare type of winter storm hit the US Southeast on Wednesday, dumping snow on Florida's capital for the first time in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday.

Snow was falling in Tallahassee on Wednesday as a cold front pushed into Florida, sparking closures of schools and roads including Interstate 10, a portion of which was shut down by icy conditions.

The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected Wednesday mainly along the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to North Carolina. Morrone said gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour could sweep parts of NY, especially southern Queens.

Schools in at least five districts canceled classes on Wednesday as well. The National Weather Service recorded 1.2 inches (3 centimeters) of snow - Savannah's first measurable snowfall since February 2010 and the first that exceeded an inch (2.5 centimeters) in 28 years. Rob Carolan, a meteorologist for Hometown Forecast Services Inc., says winter storm warnings have been issued along the east coast up past MA.

"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.

Theme parks in Florida, including Walt Disney World, have reportedly cancelled water attractions.


Nevertheless, the cold is nothing to trifle with, forecasters warned.

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

The National Weather Service had blizzard warnings in effect from Virginia to ME, with areas around Boston expected to see about a foot (30 cm) of snow on Thursday.

Warming shelters were opened across the South as freeze watches and warnings blanketed the region, including hard freeze warnings for much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The blast of winter weather and accompanying plunging temperatures has been linked to at least 17 deaths as far south as Texas. "The bad news is it will ruin tomorrow morning's commute". Park Ji-won, Arirang News. Along the I-95 corridor, we will see snow developing from south to north over the course of the afternoon. African elephants, lions and gorillas were sheltered out of public view.


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