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Snow in Florida creates a social media bonanza

By Christopher Spata
Snow falls on a police cruiser in Tallahassee. [Tallahassee Police Department]

The first significant Tallahassee snowfall in nearly three decades had Floridians reaching for something that wasn’t around the last time this many flakes were falling back in 1989 — their smartphones.

#SnowInFlorida created a social media bonanza that included tiny little snowmen, frozen fountains on the Florida State University campus, and many videos of the snowfall across north Florida.

The snow came to Tallahassee early Tuesday morning, with forecasters saying that Jacksonville could also see some snowfall in the afternoon.

Here's something you don't see every day. #SnowInFlorida #ItsSoCold

— Jess Clackum (@JessicaClackum) January 2, 2018

First it was the Tallahassee Police Department.

It’s snowing in Tallahassee! As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving & don’t expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear. #SunshineState #SnowDay #WinterIsHere #TLHWinterStorm

Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Snow ❄️ falling in the parking lot at the Tallahassee Police Department. #TLHWinterStorm #TPD2018

Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

And then, everyone else.

It’s legitimately snowing (and accumulating) in north Tallahassee.

— Matt Schnippert (@altotus) January 3, 2018


— S�� (@SmileOutSabrina) January 3, 2018

Best day of my life ��

— S�� (@SmileOutSabrina) January 3, 2018

#TLHWinterStorm our Florida snowman

— Eric Chastain (@Eric_CPA) January 3, 2018

Welcome to the Twitter World sis! @StephMarie_79

— Leigh Anne Blair (@Blair_Witchin) January 3, 2018
Snow in Florida!

❄️ SNOW IN FLORIDA! ❄️WATCH: Snow falling this morning in Tallahassee! A dusting, less than an inch of sleet & snow, has been reported. Wild!"LIKE" Matt Devitt WINK Weather for more videos! | Credit: Laura Johnson

Posted by Matt Devitt WINK Weather on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Meanwhile, the freezing temperatures that shut down Interstate 10 were creating other novel photo opportunities in Florida, such as this Snapchat shot of a fountain on the Florida State University Campus.

This guy’s frozen swimming pool in Pensacola.

Ice pool! 30F

A post shared by Alex Vieira (@alexvieira) on

These icicles hanging from the “Welcome to Hilliard” sign in Florida’s Nassau County.

Icicles hang from the "Welcome to Hilliard sign" in Hilliard, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

This ice covered palm tree in Fort Walton Beach.

Water is frozen on a tree in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday Jan. 2, 2018 after a resident left his sprinklers on. Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing at night for the Panhandle through Thursday morning. (Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

And these Manatees huddled up in the 70-degree water discharged from a power plant in Apollo Beach.

Manatees frolic in the warm water at the Tampa Electric Company Manatee Viewing Center Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Apollo Beach, Fla. Warm water discharged from the power plant attracts the manatees. Temperatures in central Florida dipped into the low 40's as a cold front passed through the state. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

What’s going on with the weather? Forecasters are calling the front blasting much of the country a “bomb cyclone” or “winter hurricane.”