Snow coats North Florida, first time in almost three decades

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And the northwest IN city of Lafayette got down to minus 19, shattering the previous record of minus 5 for the date, set IN 1979, the National Weather Service said.

An intense storm packing strong winds and heavy snow is hitting the northeastern US, dumping piles of snow on the region. Parts of New England may get more than 18 inches, the National Weather Service said, while a blizzard warning has been issued for Boston, which could get 13 inches of snow and will close schools Thursday. It warned that icy roads and low visibility could make driving treacherous across the region.

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport closed earlier on Wednesday, after one inch of snow.

"Both rush hours will be affected", Walsh told a news conference.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for 28 counties because of the frigid weather.

A storm dumped snow in the state capital Tallahassee, northern Florida, on Wednesday. Accumulation of 3 to 5 inches was possible in eastern North Carolina.

Florida State University and Florida A&M University temporarily closed due to the severe weather conditions. Several law enforcement agencies issued warnings to drivers to be extra careful on slick roads. Brunswick police reported on their official Twitter account that area bridges had begun to ice up.

Icy roads, cold conditions continue in South Carolina
Snow coats North Florida, first time in almost three decades

Snow was falling in Tallahassee on Wednesday as a cold front pushed into Florida, sparking closures of schools and roads including Interstate 10, a portion of which was shut down by icy conditions. Oravec said he expects they could be extended as far south as parts of NY.

Winter storm warnings stretched as far south as SC on Wednesday night, but National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Peterson said the storm should be over by early Thursday in the southern states.

Meteorologists have been using the term "bomb" for storms for decades, but the phrase went viral on social media on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the cold is nothing to trifle with, forecasters warned.

The National Weather Service had blizzard warnings in effect from Virginia to ME, with areas around Boston expected to see about a foot (30 cm) of snow on Thursday.

Atlanta hospitals were seeing a surge in emergency room visits for hypothermia and other ailments as temperatures plunge well below freezing.

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