In North Carolina, locally a half foot or more of snow piled up in eastern sections of the state, including in New Bern. While the heavy snowfall will offer these provinces a short break from the bone-chilling temperatures, it will receive over 40 cm of snow and gusts up to 130 km/h.
Schools in the Southeast called off classes just months after being shut down because of hurricane threats, and police urged drivers to stay off the roads in a region little accustomed to the kind of winter woes common to the Northeast.
In Gainesville, Fla., the National Weather Service reported that a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet was possible for about seven hours on Wednesday beginning at 3 a.m. Temperatures are expected to dip to 33 degrees. "[Precipitation] will end quickly from the west over the next 30-60 minutes".
In Tallahassee, Interstate 10 was temporarily closed as fear swelled around how much snow would be expected.
Public schools in Leon, Gadsden and Jefferson counties along with Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College should reopen Thursday.
"In fact, from the year 1900 through at least 1950, there was no measurable snow". William Shaw, a Savannah native, used baby steps to shuffle along a frozen road from his home to the post office.
"It's just so nuts", Goldstein said. "Theres no one on the street".
On January 3, 2018, Tallahassee residents witnessed their first snowfall in three decades. Up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow and sleet were forecast Wednesday.
"It's snowing in Tallahassee!".
"It was very neat to see". "That's pretty rare. "So we'll see after all this is done whether get got any measurable snow anywhere".
In Orlando, Florida's largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay and SeaWorld's Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap.
Even parts of Georgia received more snow, with it reaching upwards of three inches in Valdosta and Savannah.
In Georgia, up to 6 inches of snow fell in Ellabell, 5 inches was measured in Pembroke, 4 inches accumulated in Nevils, and a general 1 to 2 inches of snow had piled up in Thomasville, Vidalia and as far east as Chatham County. School systems on the Alabama coast waived uniform requirements so students could bundle up.
Even Florida couldn't avoid the wrath of the "bomb cyclone". Jacksonville is under a Freeze Warning.
Zoo visitors, however, shouldn't expect to see any lions, elephants or gorillas native to Africa on view. The water evaporates into the cold air and falls as snow downwind.
"This is the coldest Ive been in probably 50 years", said Gorens, who lives in Fresno, California, and was visiting his wifes family in Maryland.