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Florida Can't Handle the Cold Weather UPDATED

Yesterday on the beach was cold. Today will be even colder.EXPAND
Yesterday on the beach was cold. Today will be even colder.
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We are wimps. After all that whining about the hottest year on record, cold weather arrived this morning and everybody went crazy. Iguanas will fall from trees, the Miami Herald predicted. Plants will die. Tourists will head elsewhere.

Well, there is something to this. Yesterday cold rain turned to snow in Tallahassee, closing part of Interstate 10 near Thomasville Road for several hours. It was the first significant accumulation of frozen precipitation since 1989. Florida State University and Florida A&M both shut down because of the weather.

Alachua County schools around Gainesville closed yesterday and today but pledged to reopen Friday, when civil weather is predicted to return.

And dozens of beds were added in homeless shelters last night. Police helped some homeless to the county shelter downtown.

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The weather is admittedly strange. In Fort Lauderdale, it was 41 degrees, the coldest in three years. If it doesn't reach 60, it will be the first time since 2014. In Miami, it was the coldest in two years.

And around 11 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a frost warning for western Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.

Tonight in Miami is expected to drop to only 50, though, and by Monday a warm front will bring a bit of rain and highs in the mid-70s.

So relax already.

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