Orlando, Fla. — Central Floridians are waking up to the coldest temperatures of the season so far.
WFTV Meteorologist Brian Shields strongly suggests you have extra layers on before you head out the door Tuesday morning.
Shields says temperatures will be in the 30’s and 40’s to begin the day and winds will keep things cool as the day progresses.
The highs will only reach the upper 50’s.
And there is more to come, freeze watches are in place for inland Volusia, Lake and Sumter counties for Tuesday evening in what is expected to be the coldest night of the season so far.
Is it cold? YES! But this cold snap is nothing compared to what happened almost exactly 43-years-ago when snow flurries fell all across the Sunshine State - even in Miami!
On January 19, 1977 a strong cold front combined with a high-pressure area bringing both snow and record low temperatures to Florida and the Bahamas.
Snow flurries were spotted in Miami between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., but officially a trace of snow was measured in Lake Worth.
No snow had ever been reported in southeastern Florida before or since.
In the Bahamas, people stopped their cars and emerged from their homes to see the white flakes,
marking the only known snowfall in the 358-year history of the island country.
The thermometer across most of Florida stayed below freezing for 10-14 hours.
A record low of 20 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in Orlando, the mercury hovered near 27 in West Palm and around 40 in the Keys.
A severe freeze caused an estimated $350 million in damaged to citrus crops throughout the state.
The distracting conditions caused several car accidents, most notably a 10 car pile-up in Tampa.
Then President Jimmy Carter declared 35 counties in Florida disaster areas.