Your photos: Memories of Tampa Bay snowfall in 1977
Snow hasn't fallen on the Tampa Bay area this past week, but the frigid temps have revived cold weather memories of the Sunshine State for many. Tampabay.com readers have shared photos and tales from a snowfall in 1977.
John Melendi shared the photo above from St. Petersburg's snowfall, on Jan. 19, 1977.
Joyce Till of Brandon shared photos and memories of the 1977 snowfall:
"One of us saw the snow falling at midnight. Then we all got up and went outside to watch the flakes fall and would try to catch them. We had five children. We all went over and knocked on our neighbors' windows so they would come out and watch the snow with us. It is still a treasured memory that still brings smiles to our faces.
"The next morning the children made a snowman. As you can see in the pictures (above) the snow covered the yard. The children did manage to gather enough snow to make a snowman. They got creative and scooped snow off of the cars in the driveway to make the snowman as big as they could."
John Melendi's family on January 19, 1977.
Martin Mosher of Plant City e-mailed me this morning with his memories from a rare snow day in 1977, when he was a sophomore at Plant City High School:
"Of course, school was cancelled that day as we played in the snow. Colder winter weather was not an uncommon theme for Florida in those days, as just more recently in the last decade or so have we experienced more milder winter temperatures.
"While everyone seems to retain that memory, most forget the last snowfall in the bay area was actually Christmas Day 1985. Interstates 75 & 4 were closed because of iced bridges."
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