The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday.
Kids in Florida who have never seen snow got a chance to play by building snowmen and making snow angels.
"You can go a generation here and not see snow", Jeff Fournier, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said.
Wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour were reported in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Officials issued storm warnings for parts of Florida and Georgia, the eastern Carolinas, southeast Virginia and the cities of Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington and Norfolk.
"Rare sight: it's snowing in Tallahassee FL for the 1st time in 28 years", Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel tweeted.
"It's snowing in Tallahassee!".
Officials closed portions of the highway, and schools were canceled out of an abundance of caution, Wool said, as freezing rain that preceded the snow made some roadways slick.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain fell across parts of North Florida Wednesday morning closing roads, schools, universities and colleges in North Florida and South Georgia.
In Central Florida, the state's largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay and SeaWorld's Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap.
Even Florida couldn't avoid the wrath of the "bomb cyclone".
In Raleigh, North Carolina, hardware stores reported brisk sales of ice-melting compounds, pipe insulation and sleds as an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow was forecast. African elephants, lions and gorillas were sheltered out of public view.
Parts of Florida got a dose of winter weather on Wednesday morning when Mother Nature brought snow and ice to the Sunshine State.
As the cold pushed farther northward, Jerry Gorans found himself stunned by the frigid temperatures as he walked along the waterfront City Dock of Annapolis, Maryland, where birds stood still on icy water.