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Thursday Marks Miami Snowfall Anniversary

35 years ago today, it snowed in the Magic City



    35 years ago today, it snowed in the Magic City. (Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012)

    While Miamians will enjoy sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s Thursday, it was on this day 35 years ago that snow fell in the Magic City.

    January 19, 1977 was the first time in recorded history that snow fell in Miami. The flakes began to fall in Broward and Miami-Dade between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., as a cold front made its way down the coast of Florida.

    “I mean no one sees snow in Miami except on that day. I remember it like yesterday,” Albert Caruana said.

    Thursday in Miami there was a slight chill in the air. But thinking of that snowfall 35 years ago warmed Caruana’s heart as he recalled his unusual drive into work that morning.

    “Coming down from the cloverleaf on I-95 and all of the sudden these little white flurries started to come down,” he said. “Everyone went crazy. You can see the people in the cars looking around opening the windows sticking their heads out the window and it was awesome.”

    Flurries were reported as far south as Homestead, though for the most part the snowfall melted when it made contact with the ground.

    That day, the high temperature was a chilly 47 degrees, with temps dipping into the 30s.

    Jane Ziemba, then in the seventh grade, was on a bus on her way to school when it snowed.

    "We were all so surprised and had the windows open . It was a good time," she said.

    The farthest south snow had been previously observed was along a Fort Myers to Fort Pierce line in February 1899.

    Miami hasn't had a confirmed case of snow since, though we came close in January 2010 when temperatures reached 35 degrees. The National Weather Service had announced reports of flurries in Miami-Dade and Broward, but they were unconfirmed.