At around 8 AM Wednesday morning, snow began to settle down across the city, leaving the population with a pleasant surprise.
Forecasters warned that the same system termed by some as resembling a "winter hurricane" could soon strengthen into a "bomb cyclone" as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. Winter Storm Warnings have been issued across the Florida Big Bend and south central Georgia areas.
Tallahassee wasn't the only Florida community to be impacted by the winter storm.
Officials in Tallahassee have reported seeing white snowflakes falling in the panhandle of Florida.
"The last time we had measurable snow was 1989", Humphreys said.
"It has to be cold enough to accumulate", Mark Wool, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Tallahassee, told Live Science. The snow stopped in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday, but Tallahassee officials still warned people to be careful while driving on the roads.
The last time locals saw that much snow was in December 1989.
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"It's just so nuts", Goldstein said.
Even parts of Georgia received more snow, with it reaching upwards of three inches in Valdosta and Savannah. Dump trucks spread sand on major streets ahead of the storm and police closed several bridges, overpasses and a major causeway because of ice.
The storm is also expected to drop potentially heavy snows along parts of the East Coast, though exactly how much snow will fall will depend on how closely the storm hugs the coastline.
The North Carolina Zoo is offering half-priced admission while a bitter cold wave sweeps the South, giving visitors a chance to see polar bears frolic in their kind of weather.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, hardware stores reported brisk sales of ice-melting compounds, pipe insulation and sleds as an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow was forecast.
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. A massive front is bringing some of the coldest temperatures in years to parts of Florida.