Snowfall amounts reported by National Weather Service COOP weather stations on Jan. 19, 1977. Jennifer Wrightsman told AccuWeather about a photo she had taken in Tampa on that fateful day. COURTESY/ACCUWEATHER
Snowfall amounts reported by National Weather Service COOP weather stations on Jan. 19, 1977. Jennifer Wrightsman told AccuWeather about a photo she had taken in Tampa on that fateful day. COURTESY/ACCUWEATHER

Snowfall amounts reported by National Weather Service COOP weather stations on Jan. 19, 1977. Jennifer Wrightsman told AccuWeather about a photo she had taken in Tampa on that fateful day. COURTESY/ACCUWEATHER



By Jesse Ferrell

On the morning of Jan. 19, 1977, something very unusual happened in South Florida: It snowed.


Residents grabbed their film cameras to document the unusual event, and newspapers ran headlines in the biggest font they could muster. The Miami News even issued a special souvenir edition titled “The day that couldn’t happen: Snow in Miami!”

Other newspapers in South Florida were equally exclamatory on the front pages. “SNOW! Flakes hit county for first time,” .

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