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No beach weather: Florida Panhandle get snow dusting

SHALIMAR, FLORIDA (AP) – Parts of the Florida Panhandle got a dusting of snow early Monday after temperatures dropped dramatically from the previous day when the thermometer was at typical beach weather.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office posted a video of a deputy captured on patrol showing falling snowflakes bathed in the light of a lamppost in a store’s parking lot. Only 12 hours earlier, the temperature had been 23.8 degrees Celsius, the post said.

“Well how’s this for a temperature change? “From 75 degrees at 3 in the afternoon to snow at 3am,” the post said. “Bundle up out there!”

Michele Nicholson, a spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, said in an e-mail that the snow didn’t stick so it didn’t cause any problems. The county is home to two popular beach destinations, Fort Walt Beach and Destin.

Don Shepherd, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, said in a phone interview that the dusting was “just a few little flurries.”


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