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Its Snowing in Florida

February 12th, 2010 by flanews

Its snowing in Florida and actually sticking in some parts of the Panhandle. As Whitney Ray tells us, the weather has forced dozens of school closings.

The Panhandle saw its first snow since 1993, to the delight of many kids. An hour down the road, 8-year old Wyatt Roberts was still waiting for snow.

I want to jump in it, said Wyatt.

Wyatt wont go back to school until after Presidents Day.

Fears that the freezing rain would turn into ice caused several schools in the panhandle to close.

At noon on Friday, Holmes County Schools were closed, even though not a flake had fallen. The sheriff says it was preemptive.

We dont want bus loads of kids driving around on slick roads. Someone could get hurt, said Sheriff Tim Brown.

Road crews in Florida lack the heavy snow plows and salt trucks necessary to clear dangerous roadways, and very few drivers have experience on ice.

It was March 1993 last time it snowed here, said Pam Tucker.

Florida got just a dusting, but across the state line, snow stuck to cars and houses.

Todays dusting marks the second time its snowed in Florida this year. Jacksonville and parts of Central Florida saw snow in January. It snowed a total of six times last decade.

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